expressive

adjective
ex·​pres·​sive | \ ik-ˈspre-siv How to pronounce expressive (audio) \

Definition of expressive

1 : of or relating to expression the expressive function of language
2 : serving to express, utter, or represent foul and novel terms expressive of rage— H. G. Wells
3 : effectively conveying meaning or feeling an expressive silence expressive line drawings

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Other Words from expressive

expressively adverb
expressiveness noun

Examples of expressive in a Sentence

the expressive function of language the teacher's expressive sigh showed that she had heard that excuse many times before

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From giant vistas to expressive faces, AC:O does a lot with whatever pixels your screen has to offer. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Google’s Project Stream: That’s really a full Assassin’s Creed in my browser," 9 Oct. 2018 At the center of this quiet spectacle are the expressive faces of Elie and Jean-Baptiste, which convey an astonishing range of emotion. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "L’Enfant Secret is so intimate it feels like a confession," 25 May 2018 Notably, studies have consistently shown that journal therapy, also known as expressive writing, may improve aspects of your physical and mental health. Sophie Gray, SELF, "Journaling Helped Me Rebuild My Life—Here’s How to Start a Practice That Can Help You," 11 Jan. 2019 Singing the role of her true suitor, Meleagro, Amy Freston’s slender soprano was agile, accurate and emotionally expressive. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Atalanta’ Review: A Pastoral Love Story," 23 July 2018 Freeman isn’t the most emotionally expressive actor out there. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Cargo has a few new ideas for the zombie genre," 21 Apr. 2018 But there is plenty happening below the surface, most often revealed by Aparicio’s expressive eyes. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma, from celebrated director Alfonso Cuarón, is one of the year’s best movies," 20 Nov. 2018 For his first animated feature, Lanni and a team of artists have created a main character whose compact, athletic physique and wide, expressive eyes make for an endearing version of man’s best friend. Pat Padua, kansascity, "‘Sgt. Stubby’ is an endearing tale of canine courage under fire | The Kansas City Star," 12 Apr. 2018 Lewis, tall and thin with expressive blue eyes and a missing-tooth smile, recalled on a recent afternoon. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "‘It was a scary thing.’ Hospital dumps senior at homeless shelter. He’s not the first," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of expressive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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expressive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of expressive

: showing emotions and feelings clearly and openly
: showing or expressing something
: of or relating to expression

expressive

adjective
ex·​pres·​sive | \ ik-ˈspre-siv How to pronounce expressive (audio) \

Kids Definition of expressive

1 : showing emotions : full of expression expressive eyes
2 : making something known Her story is expressive of her mood.

Other Words from expressive

expressively adverb

expressive

adjective
ex·​pres·​sive

Legal Definition of expressive

1 : of or relating to expression
2 : serving to express or represent expressive conduct protected by the First Amendment

Other Words from expressive

expressively adverb
expressiveness noun

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