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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As is tradition, some 85 designers will create floral works intended to be representative of paintings on exhibit in the museum. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 June 2021 Those at this year’s encampment are also not representative of the irrigators who would take part in basin-wide negotiations. Anna V. Smith, oregonlive, 16 June 2021 Grant, who was not involved in the project, explained that the structure of the sample was probably representative of the brain's entire neocortex. NBC News, 15 June 2021 The answer to this conundrum depends on what type of question the data is intended to answer, and whether the available data is representative of reality. Ron Schmelzer, Forbes, 12 June 2021 The data from Wexler's organization represents a fraction of the more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide and is not representative of all departments. Stefanie Dazio, Chron, 12 June 2021 The Vatican took steps Friday to better regulate Catholic lay religious movements by imposing term limits on their leaders and requiring internal elections to be representative of their memberships. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, 11 June 2021 The data from Wexler's organization represents a fraction of the more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide and is not representative of all departments. Fox News, 11 June 2021 More broadly, the school said that such individual stories were not representative of students’ experiences and the school’s larger pattern of success. Bob Fernandez, ProPublica, 10 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The United States did not have a representative at the table in Vienna. BostonGlobe.com, 20 June 2021 Every team has to have one representative, so the odds of the Dodgers having, say, six players on the team are small. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 Looking through artists’ managers, agents and publicists, data shows over 79 percent of black artists have at least one black representative on their team, while 87 percent of non-black artists have no black representatives on their team. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2021 Shouldn’t there be at least one Black representative at the table in the fight against hate? Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2021 There will be three speakers at each ceremony — Superintendent Tony Sanders, the school principal and one student class representative, Fergus said. Mike Danahey, chicagotribune.com, 14 May 2021 As such, the United States won't have a representative in the 130-kg greco competition in Tokyo. Cody Goodwin, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2021 But while those two states each have two senators and a representative in the House, D.C. has no voting representation in Congress. Grace Segers, CBS News, 2 May 2021 Each state gets one representative; the rest are divided based on population. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, 1 May 2021

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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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“Representative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/representative. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for representative

representative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of representative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of representative (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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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