narrative

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noun nar·ra·tive \ˈner-ə-tiv, ˈna-rə-\

Definition of narrative

  1. 1 :  something that is narrated :  story, account He is writing a detailed narrative of his life on the island.

  2. 2 :  the art or practice of narration … depended not on narrative but on intensity derived from the verity to make the book jump. — Stanley Kauffmann

  3. 3 :  the representation in art of an event or story; also :  an example of such a representation the narrative of St. Joan of Arc

narrative

adjective

narratively

adverb

Examples of narrative in a Sentence

  1. He is writing a detailed narrative of his life on the island.

  2. People have questioned the accuracy of his narrative.

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First Known Use of narrative

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NARRATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

narrative

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Definition of narrative for English Language Learners

  • : a story that is told or written


NARRATIVE Defined for Kids

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narrative

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noun nar·ra·tive \ˈner-ə-tiv\

Definition of narrative for Students

  1. :  something (as a story) that is told in full detail


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narrative

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adjective nar·ra·tive

Definition of narrative for Students

  1. :  having the form of a story a narrative poem



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