representative

adjective
rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tive | \ ˌre-pri-ˈzen-tə-tiv How to pronounce representative (audio) \

Definition of representative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : serving to represent
2a : 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

representative

noun

Definition of representative (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from representative

Adjective

representatively adverb
representativeness noun
representativity \ ˌre-​pri-​ˌzen-​tə-​ˈti-​və-​tē How to pronounce representative (audio) \ noun

Examples of representative in a Sentence

Adjective The paintings are representative of English art in the early 19th century. The students chosen for the survey are a fairly representative sample of college students from across the U.S. Noun Do you know who your representatives are? The bill was introduced by Representative Smith. a representative of her age group
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Research has found that self-representative avatars remain an anchor in the real world. Jane Thomason, CNN, 23 Sep. 2022 Keiji Ota, managing executive officer of Toho, in charge of the studio’s video business and digital content division, is to be appointed as president and representative director at Toho Animation Studio. Patrick Frater, Variety, 21 Sep. 2022 For the awards, Bingham combined seven years of bartending experience and a love of sustainability to create her concept and its representative drink. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 20 Sep. 2022 One of the mourners who waited in line at the British Office, the U.K.'s representative entity, was a 50-year-old fabric designer from Hong Kong. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2022 Astros players and coaches stood behind representative flags from their home countries in a pregame ceremony as part of Hispanic Heritage Weekend. Chron, 17 Sep. 2022 The poll, conducted both online and by phone, surveyed more than 1,650 people representative of the city’s demographics. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Sep. 2022 Nonetheless, the New York Jets were able to find running room in the opener, going for a 4.9 yards-per-carry average (83 yards on 17 attempts), but that’s probably not representative of what this run defense truly is. David Furones, Sun Sentinel, 15 Sep. 2022 The academy is designed to enhance the student representative experience by providing leadership skills training. Michelle Mullins, Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The representative also said OPC cannot comment on previous complaints that have since been closed. Jacob Scholl, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Sep. 2022 Officials from Yute were not available to discuss the report this week, a representative for the company said when reached by phone on Thursday. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Sep. 2022 Kiwibots are accustomed to roaming in the cold and their insides are insulated, a company representative said. Kelly Meyerhofer, Journal Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2022 Ten other charges that were a part of a 12-count indictment against the singer were dismissed, a representative said. Claire Cardona, NBC News, 16 Sep. 2022 Northeastern canceled evening classes in several buildings on its campus Tuesday, a representative for the school said, but expected the school to be open as usual Wednesday. Tommy Mcardle, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2022 Labor Secretary Marty Walsh on Sunday night pushed the unions and their employers to reach an agreement to avoid a rail shutdown, said a representative from the Labor Department. Esther Fung, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2022 The girls didn’t fully realize what was happening at the time, the representative said. Lizzie Johnson, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2022 The incident occurred before the rest of the cast and crew arrived on set for their call time, a representative for the production company said. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of representative

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for representative

representative

adjective
rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tive | \ ˌre-pri-ˈzen-tə-tiv How to pronounce representative (audio) \

Kids Definition of representative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

representative

noun

Kids Definition of representative (Entry 2 of 2)

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)

representative

adjective
rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tive

Legal Definition of representative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : serving to represent
2a : 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

representative

noun

Legal Definition of representative (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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