il·​lus·​tra·​tive | \ i-ˈlə-strə-tiv How to pronounce illustrative (audio) also ˈi-lə-ˌstrā- How to pronounce illustrative (audio) \

Definition of illustrative

: serving, tending, or designed to illustrate illustrative examples art that is illustrative of provincial life

Other Words from illustrative

illustratively adverb

Examples of illustrative in a Sentence

an illustrative analogy in which the relationship between God and humanity is likened to that between a shepherd and his flock
Recent Examples on the Web While many of the posts Advance Democracy identified appeared to have little engagement, all the posts are illustrative of a trend of frequent invocation of violence in these online communities. Donie O'sullivan And Whitney Wild, CNN, 22 June 2022 Dan is illustrative of the new type of CFO who can see around the corners and can understand the business at a broader level. Jack Mccullough, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Ophuls cuts the material into interview bites and assembles them to develop the story’s arc; the interviews are punctuated with illustrative archival footage. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 11 July 2022 The last one, perhaps, is not only the most convincing but the most illustrative. New York Times, 8 July 2022 The moment was a mild inconvenience but nonetheless illustrative of the absurdity of the night. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 22 June 2022 In some cases, your logo will have a clear illustrative element that just makes perfect sense. Jason O'connor, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The video has scattered NSFW language, lots of typical Oliver asides, and a brutally illustrative Tim Meadows cameo at the end. Peter Weber, The Week, 18 Apr. 2022 Also, a lot of the time, the most important or illustrative moment can be found by focusing on the reaction to hearing words as opposed to the person saying them. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 16 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of illustrative

1643, in the meaning defined above

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“Illustrative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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il·​lus·​tra·​tive | \ i-ˈlə-strə-tiv How to pronounce illustrative (audio) \

Kids Definition of illustrative

: serving as an example an illustrative story

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