representation

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

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

a : representationalism sense 2

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

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Other Words from representation

representational \ˌre-pri-ˌzen-ˈtā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl, -zən- \ adjective
representationally adverb

Examples of representation in a Sentence

Each state has equal representation in the Senate. The letters of the alphabet are representations of sounds.

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To make sure the largest states do not dominate the rest, the constitution provides equal representation for all the states, large and small alike. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 Read more: The center is providing legal representation for the roughly 50 immigrants kids under the care of Bethany Christian Services, based in Grand Rapids. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Immigrant dads sent to Mich. jail for possible reunification with kids," 9 July 2018 Now the attorneys that have been serving typically unaccompanied kids are now also having to provide representation for the children who have been separated. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "There aren’t enough immigration lawyers to handle the family separation crisis," 21 June 2018 The funds will also go toward ensuring all children detained in Texas have legal representation. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Fundraiser to Reunite Migrant Parents with Their Children Raises Over $6 Million in 4 Days," 20 June 2018 Their fundraiser is for The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), which is currently working on securing legal representation for migrant children and paying the bonds required to reunite families. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "Fundraiser to Help Immigrant Children Raises $4,000 Per Minute," 19 June 2018 This organization can help put up the bond money to get parents out of detention and reunited with their children and make sure every child in Texas’s immigration system has legal representation. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "How To Help Immigrant Children Separated From Their Families at The Border," 18 June 2018 The governor of New York is now offering free legal representation to a man who faces possible deportation. David Begnaud, CBS News, "Pizza delivery man facing deportation gets attention of New York governor," 7 June 2018 In New York City, for example, more people show up to eviction court because the law guarantees legal representation for every resident facing eviction. James E. Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Evicted' author says Milwaukee's housing crisis remains unchanged," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of representation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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representation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of representation

: 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

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

Kids Definition of representation

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)

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 sense 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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