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Definitions of representative

  1. 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. serving to represent or typify; " representative moviegoers"; " a representative modern play"
  3. a person who represents others
  4. 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"
  5. standing for something else; " the bald eagle is representative of the United States"
  6. an item of information that is representative of a type; " this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"; " there is an example on page 10"
  7. Fitted to represent; exhibiting a similitude.
  8. Bearing the character or power of another; acting for another or others; as, a council representative of the people.
  9. Conducted by persons chosen to represent, or act as deputies for, the people; as, a representative government.
  10. Serving or fitted to present the full characters of the type of a group; typical; as, a representative genus in a family.
  11. Giving, or existing as, a transcript of what was originally presentative knowledge; as, representative faculties; representative knowledge. See Presentative, 3 and Represent, 8.
  12. One who, or that which, represents ( anything); that which exhibits a likeness or similitude.
  13. An agent, deputy, or substitute, who supplies the place of another, or others, being invested with his or their authority.
  14. One who represents, or stands in the place of, another.
  15. A member of the lower or popular house in a State legislature, or in the national Congress.
  16. That which presents the full character of the type of a group.
  17. A species or variety which, in any region, takes the place of a similar one in another region.
  18. Similar in general appearance, structure, and habits, but living in different regions; - said of certain species and varieties.
  19. One who has power to act for another or others; deputy or delegate; a member of the lower house in Congress, or of a State legislature; a member of any parliamentary body; one who, or that which, stands as a type of a group.
  20. Acting, or having power to act, for another or others; composed of those so acting; as, a representative assembly; having the marked features of a group; as, the gathering was representative of the best families; typical.
  21. Representing: showing a likeness: bearing the character or power of others: presenting the full character of a class.
  22. One who stands for another, a deputy, delegate: ( law) an heir.
  23. One who represents another or others; a member of the lower House of Congress.
  24. Representing; having the characteristics of a class.
  25. Representing, or qualified to represent.
  26. One who or that which represents; a member of a representative body; in the United States, a member of the popular branch of Congress or of a State legislature.
  27. Representing; exhibiting similitude; bearing the character or power of another; conducted by delegates.
  28. One who or that which exhibits the likeness of another; an agent, deputy or substitute; one who stands in the place of another as heir.
  29. Bearing the character or power of another; conducted by the agency of delegates chosen by the people.
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Usage examples for representative

  1. It can be covered up, however, and in what, on the whole, is such a fine, true- ringing, hearty old world as this, it need not be made much of; but when we find that a mind like this has been placed at the head of a Department of Poetry in a great, representative American university, the last thing that should be done with it is to cover it up. – The Lost Art of Reading by Gerald Stanley Lee
  2. We decide that it is a false representative and has no corresponding reality behind it. – An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton
  3. These examples may suffice as a glimpse into the nature of this treasure- house, but where so much is rare and costly, it is not easy to make a selection that shall be fairly representative. – Studies from Court and Cloister by J.M. Stone
  4. Dowd became at last entirely representative. – Marriage by H. G. Wells
  5. It would be folly to speak of one thus distinguished by singular personal qualities as if he were, to any great extent, representative of a class. – The English Church in the Eighteenth Century by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
  6. Candidate for representative, be you? – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  7. When the Queen of England was able to see company, Cardinal Tanora came in state, as representative of the Sacred College, to congratulate her. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete by Duc de Saint-Simon
  8. I gave him a dinner at my house and had a number of representative men to meet him. – My Memories of Eighty Years by Chauncey M. Depew
  9. In his interests, his bearing, his relations to the public life of the country, no less than in his work, he held fast to the best traditions of literature, and he has taken his place among the representative American men of Letters. – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  10. Not the mental image, the mere representative, but the desk itself, a something that is physical and not mental? – An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton
  11. Knows you as our representative, but only by name. – At the Time Appointed by A. Maynard Barbour
  12. And as Adam was the representative of the human family, so Christ became the Head of all who should be saved. – The Ordinance of Covenanting by John Cunningham
  13. You mistake me, said Sir Adrian with an effort; while you are acting as my representative you have, as you know, all liberty to entertain what guests you choose, and as you see fit. – The Light of Scarthey by Egerton Castle
  14. He spoke as the representative of Brook Farm. – History of American Socialisms by John Humphrey Noyes
  15. It is, as you know, your duty to receive Dr. Sauber on board, and as you fly the American colours it is your duty to receive me as the representative of the authority of the United States. – The Castle Of The Shadows by Alice Muriel Williamson
  16. Heman is our representative in Washin'ton, and- Did you say anything?" – Cy Whittaker's Place by Joseph C. Lincoln
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