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

     

    expressive

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspresɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspresɪv//
     
     
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  1. 1showing or able to show your thoughts and feelings She has wonderfully expressive eyes. the expressive power of his music She has a wonderfully expressive voice. compare expressionless
  2. 2[not before noun] expressive of something (formal) showing something; existing as an expression of something Every word and gesture is expressive of the artist's sincerity.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘tending to press out’): from French expressif, -ive or medieval Latin expressivus, from exprimere ‘press out’, from ex- ‘out’ + primere ‘press’. Compare with express (verb).
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