/rep'ri zen"teuh tiv/, n.1. a person or thing that represents another or others.2. an agent or deputy: a legal representative.3. a person who represents a constituency or community in a legislative body, esp. a member of the U.S. House of Representatives or a lower house in certain state legislatures.4. a typical example or specimen of a group, quality, or kind.adj.5. serving to represent; representing.6. standing or acting for another or others.7. made up of representatives: a representative assembly.8. of or pertaining to a system of governance by chosen representatives, usually elected from among a large group: representative government.9. exemplifying a group or kind; typical: a representative selection of Elizabethan plays.10. corresponding to or replacing some other species or the like, as in a different locality.11. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of representationalism.12. pertaining to or of the nature of a mental image or representation.[1350-1400; ME (adj.) < ML repraesentativus, equiv. to repraesentat(us) (see REPRESENTATION) + -ivus -IVE]Syn. 5. symbolic, exemplary, typical, characteristic.
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