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

Synonyms & Antonyms for expressive

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • unexpressive
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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
Recent Examples on the Web In her latest video, the expressive toddler shows us her influencer potential with the cutest wash day tutorial. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Kaavia James Union Wade's Wash-Day Routine Is Too Precious," 30 Apr. 2021 Luisi’s expressive liberties with the tempo were always judiciously considered. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Review: Stylish Mozart from Fabio Luisi, Erin Hannigan and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra," 29 Apr. 2021 Textures abound on the neutral walls—one covered in grooved tiles, the other constructed of geometric bamboo panels—and are offset by an expressive artwork by the Costa Rican painter Rafa Fernandez. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Flashes of Red Electrify This Gray-Toned Harlem Townhouse," 28 Apr. 2021 The Supreme Court’s school-speech cases since Tinker have tended to back administrators seeking to discipline students, and many court observers expected that the Mahanoy case could lead to another paring back of young people’s expressive rights. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Weighs Limits to Schools’ Power to Patrol Student Speech," 28 Apr. 2021 His goal is to make as expressive a tequila as possible, and nowhere is that more evident than in the extra añejo. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, "The 21 Best Tequilas You Can Buy Right Now," 27 Apr. 2021 Soon the punishing kick fades out, making way for intricate, rolling percussion — a soft tumble on a drum set, a hissing hi-hat — plus a melodic, expressive bass line. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, "Bomba Estéreo Are Kinetic and Funky on ‘Se Acabó’," 27 Apr. 2021 Schools and colleges can help create this new flourishing of culture by integrating the expressive arts with emerging technology and new business models so that more young people graduate ready for sustainable arts impact. Tom Vander Ark, Forbes, "Human Expression: Why It Should Be A Global Goal And How Crypto Can Help," 27 Apr. 2021 Though, if spring’s expressive prints and stand-out colors are more your mood, there’s a plissé style for that—from Cult Gaia’s voluminous peachy satin top to Julia Heuer’s wavy statement prints, which use the Japanese shibori technique to pleat. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Plissé Please! Why the Cool, Crinkled Fabric Is More Appealing Than Ever," 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of expressive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Expressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expressive. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for expressive

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

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expressively adverb
expressiveness noun

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