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

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But there is plenty happening below the surface, most often revealed by Aparicio’s expressive eyes. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma, from celebrated director Alfonso Cuarón, is one of the year’s best movies," 20 Nov. 2018 For his first animated feature, Lanni and a team of artists have created a main character whose compact, athletic physique and wide, expressive eyes make for an endearing version of man’s best friend. Pat Padua, kansascity, "‘Sgt. Stubby’ is an endearing tale of canine courage under fire | The Kansas City Star," 12 Apr. 2018 Lewis, tall and thin with expressive blue eyes and a missing-tooth smile, recalled on a recent afternoon. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "‘It was a scary thing.’ Hospital dumps senior at homeless shelter. He’s not the first," 8 Jan. 2018 These expressive, optimistic looks were rooted, Glass says, in the late founder’s vision. Katharine K. Zarrella, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Spade's New Creative Director Opens Up About Honoring the Late Designer's Legacy," 30 Jan. 2019 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

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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 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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