Definition of representative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌreprɪˈzentətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌreprɪˈzentətɪv//
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  1. 1  representative (of somebody/something) typical of a particular group of people Is a questionnaire answered by 500 people truly representative of the population as a whole? The paper-thin models in magazines are not representative of most women.
  2. 2  [usually before noun] containing or including examples of all the different types of people or things in a large group a representative sample of teachers
  3. 3  representative (of something) able to be used as a typical example of something The painting is not representative of his work of the period.
  4. 4(of a system of government, etc.) consisting of people who have been chosen to speak or vote on behalf of the rest of a group a representative democracy
  5. opposite unrepresentative
    Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French representatif, -ive or medieval Latin repraesentativus, from the verb repraesentare ‘exhibit’, from re- (expressing intensive force) + praesentare ‘to present’.Extra examples Exhibits include a widely representative collection of Greek vases. Exhibits include a widely representative collection of railway rolling stock. Is this group of people fully representative of the population in general? a broadly representative sample a nationally representative picture of the employment situation We interviewed a representative sample of teachers.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: representative