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 representativity (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 The efforts are representative of a broader shift amid the pandemic towards automation, artificial intelligence and digitisation. The Economist, "The world after covid-19 Kai-Fu Lee on how covid spurs China’s great robotic leap forward," 25 June 2020 However, such groups are not always representative of the workforce itself. Fortune, "Study finds gay, white men are overrepresented in LGBTQ employee groups," 23 June 2020 However, such groups are not always representative of the workforce itself. Bloomberg News, BostonGlobe.com, "Most LGBTQ workers in US face discrimination that’s now illegal," 23 June 2020 To be representative of the U.S. population by the year 2030, much more rapid increases will be needed. Suresh V. Garimella, Scientific American, "We're Squandering the Potential of Millions of Young People," 22 June 2020 These actions and findings presented yesterday are not representative of eBay’s values or our culture. Steven Levy, Wired, "eBay’s Harassment Campaign Didn’t Happen in a Vacuum," 19 June 2020 Start by making sure that your team, your executive team specifically, is representative of the community. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "He speaks at Black churches about genetics — and has some ideas about how to fix his field’s diversity problem," 19 June 2020 In a representative democracy, a politician’s primary audience is their voters…. Hari Kunzru, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy’s Red Line," 4 June 2020 The Epstein story is in many ways representative of the larger institutional rot that afflicts our politics. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Letting Jeffrey Epstein’s Pals Off the Hook," 17 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gabriel, who declined to speak with the human resources representative unless the call could be recorded or the conversation could be moved to email, said Tesla has lost his trust. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "Tesla gave workers permission to stay home rather than risk getting covid-19. Then it sent termination notices.," 25 June 2020 During the prosecutors’ testimony on June 24th, Steve Cohen, a Democratic representative from Tennessee, called for Mr Barr’s impeachment. The Economist, "Independent? Variable Has America’s Department of Justice been politicised?," 24 June 2020 Demonstrators broke windows and entered the building that night, but a representative from Alabama Power on Friday told AL.com that the company has not completed an estimate on damage to the building. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "Huntsville police use questionable claims of antifa, looting to justify tear gassing protesters," 23 June 2020 On April 21, over a sterile one-way video call, a representative from Pro Unlimited read from what appeared to be a script to inform me and hundreds of others that our contracts would be cut short, effective the following week. Anna Furman, Wired, "Airbnb Quietly Fired Hundreds of Contract Workers. I'm One of Them," 23 June 2020 Brent, the state representative from Cleveland who sponsored the proposal to ban Confederate flag sales at county fairs, said during her floor speech the flags symbolize a government that viewed her as property, not a human being. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Like the country, Ohio’s legislature has been roiled by racial, partisan divides," 19 June 2020 These endorsements as Booker, a 35-year-old state representative from Louisville, is riding a wave of momentum heading into the June 23 primary elections. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Elizabeth Warren, several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates endorse Charles Booker," 18 June 2020 Ten seconds into his conversation with a representative from the Milwaukee Brewers, officials from 15 other organizations reached out, all hoping to woo Emshoff into their farm system. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Baseball’s Newest Market Inefficiency: Treating People Like People," 18 June 2020 She is accompanied by a representative from a community agency that helps families with food, clothing, and finances. Michael Melia, The Christian Science Monitor, "Unplugged: As students go absent, educators go sleuthing," 15 June 2020

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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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The first known use of representative was in the 14th century

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“Representative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/representative. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for representative

representative

adjective
How to pronounce representative (audio)

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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