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English adjective: representative

1. representative serving to represent or typify

SamplesRepresentative moviegoers.
A representative modern play.


Antonymsatypical, untypical

2. representative standing for something else

SamplesThe bald eagle is representative of the United States.

Similarallegoric, allegorical, emblematic, emblematical, symbolic, symbolical

Antonymsnonrepresentative, unsymbolic

3. representative being or characteristic of government by representation in which citizens exercise power through elected officers and representatives

SamplesRepresentative government as defined by Abraham Lincoln is government of the people, by the people, for the people.



English noun: representative

1. representative (person) a person who represents others

Broader (hypernym)negotiant, negotiator, treater

Narrower (hyponym)agent, alderman, assemblyman, assemblywoman, chief of state, contact, delegate, emissary, envoy, head of state, middleman, personal representative, resident commissioner, union representative

2. representative (person) an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose

SamplesThe meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government.

Synonymsinterpreter, spokesperson, voice

Broader (hypernym)advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent

Narrower (hyponym)ambassador, bagman, commercial traveler, commercial traveller, flack, flack catcher, flak, flak catcher, mouth, mouthpiece, roadman, spokesman, spokeswoman, traveling salesman, travelling salesman

3. representative (person) a member of the United States House of Representatives

Synonymscongressman, congresswoman

Broader (hypernym)legislator

Narrower (hyponym)rep

4. representative (cognition) an item of information that is typical of a class or group

SamplesThis patient provides a typical example of the syndrome.
There is an example on page 10.

Synonymsexample, illustration, instance

Broader (hypernym)information

Narrower (hyponym)apology, case in point, exception, excuse, precedent, quintessence, sample, specimen

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