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
Recent Examples on the Web And through its traditionally hand-drawn approach to realizing its world, The Lion King brings a measure of expressive, ecstatic humanity to its animal kingdom. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch on Disney+ while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic," 28 Mar. 2020 Whoever played Mae's love interest would have to be equally as complicated but open and expressive, the type of man that any woman would want to let down her walls for. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Issa Rae Channeled A Completely Different Energy For The Photograph," 18 Feb. 2020 The portraits by Ghanaian painter Amoako Boafo, the Rubell’s 2019 artist in residence, have loosely painted faces that are hyper-expressive, underscoring the posturing of their flat, patterned or monochromatic, torsos. Brian P. Kelly, WSJ, "Looking Anew at Contemporary Art at the Rubell Museum," 8 Feb. 2020 Lizzo’s presence has consistently been expressive, body-positive, and embracing of fat bodies in performance. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "What Marginalized Populations Need From Allies In Congress and the Media in 2020," 27 Dec. 2019 Her hands are large and expressive, and her hearty laugh has a telltale rattle, a souvenir from her years as a smoker. Emily Bobrow, The New Yorker, "A Midwife in the North Country," 22 Dec. 2019 These theories emphasize the social environment and suggest that interpersonal signals, intentions and shared social contact dominate how and why people use their expressive faces. Elisabeth Blagrove, Quartz, "The psychology of how facial expressions hide Christmas disappointment," 25 Dec. 2019 The bill ensures that common outdoor areas are deemed places of expressive activity of any person and requires that new students, faculty and staff are informed of free speech policies during orientations. Brittany Britto, ExpressNews.com, "Red light, Green Light: Texas colleges get graded on free speech policies," 23 Dec. 2019 The two mapped a series of identities—some extreme, some subtle, some cliché, some completely abstract—across the expressive faces and bodies of the season’s most in-demand supermodels. Harper's BAZAAR, "Some Say Love," 3 Feb. 2020

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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 5 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for expressive

expressive

adjective
How to pronounce expressive (audio)

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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