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

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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 The change in tone is illustrative of the balance each candidate hopes to strike in addressing both policing and public safety. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, 3 June 2021 The space brawl is illustrative of the modern state of American human spaceflight in a couple of ways. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 28 Apr. 2021 TikTok started one last year, Facebook is considering adding one—and their adoption is illustrative of the industry-wide push to better enrich the influencers on these sites. Abram Brown, Forbes, 20 May 2021 DarkSide was illustrative of that enforcement problem even before the Colonial Pipeline attack. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 10 May 2021 This is why, when healthy, Neal routinely ranks among the league leaders in stops (which is more illustrative of good run defense play than tackles) among safeties. John Owning, Dallas News, 20 Mar. 2021 These examples are illustrative of the difficulties of cataloguing Holmes’ life and crimes. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2021 The incredibly dramatic rally in prices for cryptoassets such as Dogecoin also seem illustrative of the frothiness that had seized the wider blockchain and cryptoasset marketplace. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Marx claimed that the group was illustrative of how often adults cross the border with children who are not theirs. Tyler Olson, Fox News, 24 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of illustrative

1643, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of illustrative was in 1643

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5 Jun 2021

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“Illustrative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of illustrative

: used to illustrate or explain something
: serving as an example of something


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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