expressive

adjective
ex·​pres·​sive | \ ik-ˈspre-siv \

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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The cel shading is crisp, the lines are as expressive as the original material, and in some ways the overall presentation is cleaner and nicer looking than the anime. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 And the Sorì San Lorenzo, my favorite of the three, was beautifully balanced and expressive. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "This Elegant Italian Red Wine Is Easy to Love," 11 Dec. 2018 The triumph of Watts’s hymns, and eventually the prevalence of hymnbooks across the English-speaking world, was chiefly the result of Watts’s writing: His images were tight and expressive, his diction fresh and original, his rhymes rarely forced. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘The Hymnal’ Review: How to Make a Joyful Noise," 23 Dec. 2018 In short: Things are getting smarter yet relaxed, sharper but undone, and more personal and expressive, but still from brands which are oftentimes very identifiable. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "What Sold for Men in 2018: Tailoring’s Back, Pants Are the New Sneakers, and the Logo Is Still Big (for Now)," 18 Dec. 2018 But after a central act of expressive, defiant destruction, the film never again reaches the same peak. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Hold the Dark throws Jeffrey Wright to the wolves," 28 Sep. 2018 Stewart is among the most expressive singers in the history of rock and roll. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Summer concerts in Phoenix: Eagles, Post Malone, Logic, Panic! at the Disco, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa," 15 June 2018 The owners wanted a striking facade that was expressive but not showy, so the architects came up with the idea of a gradient paint job meant to evoke a house in the misty countryside. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern home stands out with gradient facade," 5 Nov. 2018 The topic is not new for Texas lawmakers: State senators and representatives introduced bills related to protecting expressive activities at public universities and colleges, but those efforts died in committee. Lindsay Ellis, Houston Chronicle, "Cruz differs from Trump in decrying campus 'censorship'," 26 Mar. 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 \

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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expressiveness noun

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