Definition of Decorative

1. Adjective. Serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose. "The buildings were utilitarian rather than decorative"

Exact synonyms: Cosmetic, Ornamental
Similar to: Nonfunctional
Derivative terms: Decorate, Decorate, Decorate, Decorativeness, Ornament, Ornamental



Definition of Decorative

1. a. Suited to decorate or embellish; adorning.

Definition of Decorative

1. Adjective. That serves to decorate ¹

2. Noun. A plant, tile, etc. intended for use as decoration. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Decorative

1. [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Decorative

deconvolve
deconvolved
deconvolves
deconvolving
decoquinate
decor
decorable
decorament
decoraments
decorate
decorated
decorates
decorating
decoration
decorations
decorative (current term)
decoratively
decorativeness
decoratives
decorator
decorators
decore
decorement
decorements
decorin
decorous
decorously
decorousness
decorousnesses
decorrelate

Literary usage of Decorative

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

1. The Arena by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1906)
"Art is of two great classes, Creative and decorative. Creative Art follows no canons. It is purely and simply inspirational ..."

2. American Druggist (1885)
"decorative plants and flowers should play, whenever it is possible, an important part in the interior economy of the drug-store, and among them it is well ..."

3. A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and by Russell Sturgis (1901)
"It is evident that such a system of decorative art requires an extremely delicate and refined taste to keep it from becoming somewhat ridiculous. ..."

4. Harper's New Monthly Magazine by Henry Mills Alden (1882)
"The decorative idea creeps into nine pictures out of ten, whether intentionally or not, and independently of the subject, or object of the picture, ..."

5. The Northern Tribes of Central Australia by Sir Baldwin Spencer, Francis James Gillen (1904)
"THE Australian savage has long ago got beyond the of decorative art which ... This particular form of decorative art is indeed very rarely met with in ..."

6. The History of American Sculpture by Lorado Taft (1903)
"CHAPTER XXIV decorative SCULPTORS AND MEN OK FOREIGN BIRTH IT is a curious fact that the ... Those, however, who make a profession of decorative sculpture, ..."

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