Definitions for descriptivedɪˈskrɪp tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•scrip•tivedɪˈskrɪp tɪv(adj.)

  1. serving to describe; characterized by description:

    a descriptive passage in an essay.

  2. (of an adjective or other modifier) expressing a quality of the word it modifies, as fresh in fresh milk. nonrestrictive:

    a descriptive clause.

    Category: Grammar

    Ref: Compare limiting (def. 2). 2

  3. noting, concerned with, or based upon experience or observation.

  4. characterized by or based upon the classification and description of material in a given field:

    descriptive botany.

  5. based on or concerned with the actual usage of speakers of a language without reference to norms of correctness or advocacy of rules based on such norms:

    descriptive grammar.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

Origin of descriptive:

1745–55; < LL

de•scrip′tiv•ist(n.; adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. descriptive(adj)

    serving to describe or inform or characterized by description

    "the descriptive variable"; "a descriptive passage"

  2. descriptive(adj)

    describing the structure of a language

    "descriptive grammar"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. descriptive(adjective)ɪˈskrɪp tɪv

    describing what sth is like

    descriptive language


  1. descriptive(Noun)

    An adjective (or other descriptive word)

  2. descriptive(Adjective)

    Of, or relating to description.

  3. descriptive(Adjective)

    Of an adjective, stating an attribute of the associated noun (as heavy in the heavy dictionary).

  4. descriptive(Adjective)

    Describing the structure, grammar, vocabulary and actual use of a language.

  5. descriptive(Adjective)

    Describing and seeking to classify, as opposed to normative or prescriptive.

  6. Origin: From descriptivus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Descriptive(adj)

    tending to describe; having the quality of representing; containing description; as, a descriptive figure; a descriptive phrase; a descriptive narration; a story descriptive of the age


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