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Dictionary Definition

representative adj
1 serving to represent or typify; "representative moviegoers"; "a representative modern play"
2 standing for something else; "the bald eagle is representative of the United States" [ant: nonrepresentative]
3 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"

Noun

1 a person who represents others
2 an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose; "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government" [syn: spokesperson, interpreter, voice]
3 a member of the United States House of Representatives [syn: congressman, congresswoman]
4 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" [syn: example, illustration, instance]

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English

Pronunciation

Etymology

From representatif.

Adjective

  1. Typical; having the same properties of interest as a larger group.
    Are you sure this paper is representative of your child's writing?
    If you took all the fools out of the legislature, it wouldn't be a representative body anymore. — Texas State Senator Carl Parker.

Translations

typical

Noun

  1. One who may speak for another in a particular capacity, especially in negotation.
    I will send a representative to work out the details of the contract.
  2. A member of the US House of Representatives.
    All representatives face re-election every two years.
  3. A designated member of an equivalence class.
    We usually choose 0 and 1 as representatives of the even and odd numbers.

Translations

one who speaks for another
member of the US House of Representatives

Extensive Definition

Representative may refer to:
representative in Simple English: Representative

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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