Definition of expressive
- the expressive function of language
- foul and novel terms expressive of rage
- —H. G. Wells
- an expressive silence
- expressive line drawings
the expressive function of language
the teacher's expressive sigh showed that she had heard that excuse many times before
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: showing emotions and feelings clearly and openly
: showing or expressing something
: of or relating to expression
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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