pre·​sen·​ta·​tive | \ pri-ˈzen-tə-tiv How to pronounce presentative (audio) , ˈpre-zᵊn-ˌtā- \

Definition of presentative

: known, knowing, or capable of being known directly rather than through cogitation

Examples of presentative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In one remarkable natural experiment, researchers set out to assess changes in aggression over an eight-year period among a presentative sample of children living in poverty (one quarter of them being Native American). Scott Barry Kaufman, Scientific American, 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of presentative

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of presentative was circa 1842

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“Presentative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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