Definition of representative
- a representative moviegoer
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.
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The bill was introduced by Representative Smith.
a representative of her age group
: 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
: 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
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a blind with adjustable horizontal slats
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