Definition of descriptive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    descriptive

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//dɪˈskrɪptɪv//
     
     
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  1. 1saying what someone or something is like; describing something the descriptive passages in the novel The term I used was meant to be purely descriptive (= not judging).
  2. 2 (linguistics) saying how language is actually used, without giving rules for how it should be used opposite prescriptive
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