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Pronunciation:  `repri'zentutiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a single item of information that is representative of a type; "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"; "there is a good example on page 10"
  2. [n]  a member of the United States House of Representatives
  3. [n]  a person who represents others
  4. [n]  an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose; "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government"
  5. [adj]  being or characteristic of government by representation in which citizens exercise power through elected officers and representatives; "representative government as defined by Abraham Lincoln is government of the people, by the people, for the people"
  6. [adj]  standing for something else; "the bald eagle is representative of the United States"
  7. [adj]  serving to represent or typify; "representative moviegoers"; "a representative modern play"

REPRESENTATIVE is a 14 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: allegoric, allegorical, congressman, congresswoman, democratic, emblematic, emblematical, example, illustration, instance, interpreter, spokesperson, symbolic, symbolical, typical, voice
 Antonyms: nonrepresentative, unsymbolic
 See Also: advocate, advocator, agent, alderman, ambassador, apology, assemblyman, assemblywoman, bagman, case in point, chief of state, commercial traveler, commercial traveller, contact, delegate, emissary, envoy, exception, excuse, exponent, flack, flack catcher, flak, flak catcher, head of state, information, legislator, middleman, mouth, mouthpiece, negotiant, negotiator, personal representative, precedent, proponent, quintessence, rep, resident commissioner, roadman, sample, specimen, spin doctor, spokesman, spokeswoman, traveling salesman, travelling salesman, treater, union representative



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rep`re*sent"a*tive\ (-z?nt`?-t?v), a. [Cf. F.
    1. Fitted to represent; exhibiting a similitude.
    2. Bearing the character or power of another; acting for
       another or others; as, a council representative of the
       people. --Swift.
    3. Conducted by persons chosen to represent, or act as
       deputies for, the people; as, a representative government.
    4. (Nat.Hist.)
       (a) Serving or fitted to present the full characters of
           the type of a group; typical; as, a representative
           genus in a family.
       (b) Similar in general appearance, structure, and habits,
           but living in different regions; -- said of certain
           species and varieties.
    5. (Metaph.) Giving, or existing as, a transcript of what was
       originally presentative knowledge; as, representative
       faculties; representative knowledge. See {Presentative}, 3
       and {Represent}, 8.
  2. \Rep`re*sent"a*tive\, n. [Cf. LL.
    1. One who, or that which, represents (anything); that which
       exhibits a likeness or similitude.
             A statute of Rumor, whispering an idiot in the ear,
             who was the representative of Credulity. --Addison.
             Difficulty must cumber this doctrine which supposes
             that the perfections of God are the representatives
             to us of whatever we perceive in the creatures.
    2. An agent, deputy, or substitute, who supplies the place of
       another, or others, being invested with his or their
    3. (Law) One who represents, or stands in the place of,
    Note: The executor or administrator is ordinarily held to be
          the representative of a deceased person, and is
          sometimes called the legal representative, or the
          personal representative. The heir is sometimes called
          the real representative of his deceased ancestor. The
          heirs and executors or administrators of a deceased
          person are sometimes compendiously described as his
          real and personal representatives. --Wharton. Burrill.
    4. A member of the lower or popular house in a State
       legislature, or in the national Congress. [U.S.]
    5. (Nat.Hist.)
       (a) That which presents the full character of the type of
           a group.
       (b) A species or variety which, in any region, takes the
           place of a similar one in another region.