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English adjective: representative

1. representative serving to represent or typify


SamplesRepresentative moviegoers.
A representative modern play.


Similartypical


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.


Similardemocratic


Antonymsundemocratic


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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