Definition of Representative

1. Noun. A person who represents others.

2. Adjective. Serving to represent or typify. "A representative modern play"
Similar to: Typical
Derivative terms: Represent

3. Noun. An advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose. "The meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government"

4. Adjective. Standing for something else. "The bald eagle is representative of the United States"

5. Noun. A member of the United States House of Representatives.
Exact synonyms: Congressman, Congresswoman
Specialized synonyms: Rep
Generic synonyms: Legislator

6. Adjective. 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"
Similar to: Democratic
Derivative terms: Represent

7. Noun. An item of information that is typical of a class or group. "There is an example on page 10"

Definition of Representative

1. a. Fitted to represent; exhibiting a similitude.

2. n. One who, or that which, represents (anything); that which exhibits a likeness or similitude.

Definition of Representative

1. Adjective. Typical; having the same properties of interest as a larger group. ¹

2. Noun. One who may speak for another in a particular capacity, especially in negotiation. ¹

3. Noun. A member of a legislative or governing body who represents a constituency. ¹

4. Noun. One that is taken as typical of its class. ¹

5. Noun. (US politics) A member of the US House of Representatives. ¹

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Definition of Representative

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Medical Definition of Representative

1. 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. 3. Conducted by persons chosen to represent, or act as deputies for, the people; as, a representative government. 4. Serving or fitted to present the full characters of the type of a group; typical; as, a representative genus in a family. Similar in general appearance, structure, and habits, but living in different regions; said of certain species and varieties. 5. Giving, or existing as, a transcript of what was originally presentative knowledge; as, representative faculties; representative knowledge. See Presentative, 3 and Represent. Origin: Cf. F. Reprsentatif. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Representative

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Literary usage of Representative

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal by Indiana General Assembly. Senate, Indiana, General Assembly (1903)
"tive; Elkhart, two Representatives; Lagrange and Steuben, one Representative; Dekalb, one Representative; Noble, one Representative; Kosciusko, ..."

2. The Federal and State Constitutions: Colonial Charters, and Other Organic by Francis N. Thorpe, United States (1909)
"The county of Tazewell shall constitute the twenty-eighth representative district, and be entitled to one representative. 29. The counties of McLean and De ..."

3. The Nation: The Foundations of Civil Order and Political Life in the United by Elisha Mulford (1870)
"THE NATION AND ITS Representative CONSTITUTION. THE sovereignty of the nation has its normal assertion in representative government. ..."

4. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1903)
"Galloway pronounced the idea a delusion, " a distinction nowhere to be found " ; the charters had been granted by the King as representative of Great ..."

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