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representative

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adjective rep·re·sen·ta·tive \ ˌre-pri-ˈzen-tə-tiv \

Definition of representative

1 :serving to represent
2 a :standing or acting for another especially through delegated authority
b :of, based on, or constituting a government in which the many are represented by persons chosen from among them usually by election
3 :serving as a typical or characteristic example
  • a representative moviegoer
4 :of or relating to representation or representationalism

representatively

adverb

representativeness

noun

representativity

play \-ˌzen-tə-ˈti-və-tē\ noun

Examples of representative in a Sentence

  1. The paintings are representative of English art in the early 19th century.

  2. The students chosen for the survey are a fairly representative sample of college students from across the U.S.

Recent Examples of representative from the Web

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First Known Use of representative

14th century


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representative

noun

Definition of representative

1 :one that represents another or others: such as
a (1) :one that represents a constituency as a member of a legislative body
(2) :a member of the house of representatives of the U.S. Congress or a state legislature
b :one that represents another as agent, deputy, substitute, or delegate usually being invested with the authority of the principal
c :one that represents a business organization
d :one that represents another as successor or heir
2 :a typical example of a group, class, or quality :specimen

Examples of representative in a Sentence

  1. Do you know who your representatives are?

  2. The bill was introduced by Representative Smith.

  3. a representative of her age group

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First Known Use of representative

1635



REPRESENTATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

representative

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adjective

Definition of representative for English Language Learners

  • : typical of a particular group of people or of a particular thing

  • : including examples of the different types of people or things in a group

  • : having people who are chosen in elections to act or speak for or in support of the people who voted for them


representative

noun

Definition of representative for English Language Learners

  • : someone who acts or speaks for or in support of another person or group

  • : a member of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress or of a state government

  • : a person or thing that is typical of a group


REPRESENTATIVE Defined for Kids

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representative

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adjective rep·re·sen·ta·tive \ ˌre-pri-ˈzen-tə-tiv \

Definition of representative for Students

1 :serving to portray
  • The painting is representative of a battle.
2 :carried on by people elected to act for others
  • a representative government
3 :being a typical example of the thing mentioned
  • This song is representative of the blues.

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representative

noun

Definition of representative for Students

1 :a typical example (as of a group or class)
2 :a person who acts for others (as in a legislature and especially in the House of Representatives of the United States or of a state)

Law Dictionary

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representative

adjective rep·re·sen·ta·tive

legal Definition of representative

1 :serving to represent
2 a :standing or acting for another especially through delegated authority
  • an agent acting in a representative capacity
b :of, based on, or constituting a government in which the people are represented by individuals chosen from among them usually by election
3 :of or relating to representation

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representative

noun

legal Definition of representative

:one that represents another or others in a special capacity: as
a :one that represents a constituency as a member of a legislative or other governing body; specifically :a member of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress or a state legislature
b :one that represents another as agent, deputy, substitute, or delegate and that usually is invested with the authority of the principal
c :one that represents or stands in the place of a deceased person :personal representative
d :one that represents another as successor or heir
e :one named as the plaintiff or defendant in a class action to litigate on behalf of the class


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