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Meaning of DESCRIPTIVE

Pronunciation:  di'skriptiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  (grammar) describing the structure of a language; "descriptive linguistics simply describes language"
  2. [adj]  serving to describe or inform or characterized by description; "the descriptive variable"; "a descriptive passage"
  3. [adj]  concerned with phenomena (especially language) at a particular period without considering historical antecedents; "synchronic linguistics"; "descriptive linguistics"
 

DESCRIPTIVE is a 11 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: synchronic
 
 Antonyms: diachronic, historical, normative, prescriptive, undescriptive
 
 See Also: synchronal, synchronous

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\De*scrip"tive\, a. [L. descriptivus: cf. F.
descriptif.]
Tending to describe; having the quality of representing;
containing description; as, a descriptive figure; a
descriptive phrase; a descriptive narration; a story
descriptive of the age.

{Descriptive anatomy}, that part of anatomy which treats of
   the forms and relations of parts, but not of their
   textures.

{Descriptive geometry}, that branch of geometry. which treats
   of the graphic solution of problems involving three
   dimensions, by means of projections upon auxiliary planes.
   --Davies & Peck (Math. Dict. ) -- {De*scrip"tive*ly}, adv.
   -- {De*scrip"tive*ness}, n.

 
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