representation

noun rep·re·sen·ta·tion \ ˌre-pri-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən , -zən- \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of representation

1 : one that represents: such as
a : an artistic likeness or image
b (1) : a statement or account made to influence opinion or action
(2) : an incidental or collateral statement of fact on the faith of which a contract is entered into
c : a dramatic production or performance
d (1) : a usually formal statement made against something or to effect a change
(2) : a usually formal protest
2 : the act or action of representing : the state of being represented: such as
b (1) : the action or fact of one person standing for another so as to have the rights and obligations of the person represented
(2) : the substitution of an individual or class in place of a person (such as a child for a deceased parent)
c : the action of representing or the fact of being represented especially in a legislative body
3 : the body of persons representing a constituency

representational

play \ˌre-pri-ˌzen-ˈtā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl, -zən-\ adjective

representationally

adverb

Examples of representation in a Sentence

  1. Each state has equal representation in the Senate.

  2. The letters of the alphabet are representations of sounds.

Recent Examples of representation from the Web

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First Known Use of representation

15th century


REPRESENTATION Defined for English Language Learners

representation

noun

Definition of representation for English Language Learners

  • : a person or group that speaks or acts for or in support of another person or group

  • : something (such as a picture or symbol) that stands for something else

  • : a painting, sculpture, etc., that is created to look like a particular thing or person


REPRESENTATION Defined for Kids

representation

noun rep·re·sen·ta·tion \ ˌre-pri-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of representation for Students

1 : one (as a picture or symbol) that is a sign or portrayal of something else
2 : the act of doing something on behalf of another or others : the state of doing something on behalf of another or others (as in a legislative body)

Law Dictionary

representation

noun rep·re·sen·ta·tion

legal Definition of representation

1 : one that represents: as
a : a statement or account made to influence opinion or action — compare warranty 3
b : an incidental or collateral statement of fact on the faith of which a contract is entered into
  • when a contract for sale contains certain representations by the purchaser
; specifically : a statement of fact made by an applicant to an insurer for the purpose of obtaining insurance
2 : the act or action of representing: as
a : the action or fact of one person standing for another so as to have the rights and obligations of the person represented
b : the substitution of an individual or class in place of a person (as when a child or children take the share of an estate that would have fallen to a deceased parent) — see also per stirpes
c : the action of representing or the fact of being represented especially in a legislative body
d : the act or action by a lawyer of providing legal advice to a client and appearing (as in court) to speak and act on the client's behalf
3 : the body of persons representing a constituency


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