Definition of expressive
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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Through this most economical of means, Calder vastly expands the expressive reach of the medium.
A good expressive performance piece like Edith Clever’s in Hans-Jürgen Syberberg’s six-hour monologue Die Nacht (1985) might have made a more powerful art statement.
In such an intimate setting, Salina’s resonant voice floats over the expressive, playful sounds of the accordion.
Growing up and experiencing life in New Orleans translates into intensely vivid pieces marked by bold brush strokes, pieces that portray expressive figures and scenery from the Crescent City.
Louisiana's Caleb Dowden, who had made an impression in the fitness category Thursday night, was another crowd favorite with her athletic, expressive dance routine.
Frontman Thomas Mars’s expressive falsetto vocals rival the glory days of the Beach Boys’ Wilson brothers.
And when the music imitates non-oceanic water, expressive intent becomes vague, and a kind of sameness sets in because water — whether hot, cold, clean, or dirty – is pretty much the same.
To Delray Beach's Johnel Mauvais, the basketball court is like a blank canvas waiting to be filled with expressive creations.
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First Known Use of expressive
EXPRESSIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of expressive for English Language Learners
: showing emotions and feelings clearly and openly
: showing or expressing something
: of or relating to expression
EXPRESSIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of expressive for Students
1 : showing emotions : full of expression expressive eyes
2 : making something known Her story is expressive of her mood.
Legal Definition of expressive
1 : of or relating to expression
2 : serving to express or represent expressive conduct protected by the First Amendment
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