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Definitions for decorative
ˈdɛk ər ə tɪv, ˈdɛk rə-, ˈdɛk əˌreɪ-dec·o·ra·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cosmetic, decorative, ornamentaladjective

    serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose

    "cosmetic fenders on cars"; "the buildings were utilitarian rather than decorative"

Wiktionary

  1. decorativenoun

    A plant, tile, etc. intended for use as decoration.

  2. decorativeadjective

    That serves to decorate

Wikipedia

  1. decorative

    Beauty is commonly described as a feature of objects that makes these objects pleasurable to perceive. Such objects include landscapes, sunsets, humans and works of art. Beauty, together with art and taste, is the main subject of aesthetics, one of the major branches of philosophy. As a positive aesthetic value, it is contrasted with ugliness as its negative counterpart. One difficulty in understanding beauty is because it has both objective and subjective aspects: it is seen as a property of things but also as depending on the emotional response of observers. Because of its subjective side, beauty is said to be "in the eye of the beholder". It has been argued that the ability on the side of the subject needed to perceive and judge beauty, sometimes referred to as the "sense of taste", can be trained and that the verdicts of experts coincide in the long run. This would suggest that the standards of validity of judgments of beauty are intersubjective, i.e. dependent on a group of judges, rather than fully subjective or fully objective. Conceptions of beauty aim to capture what is essential to all beautiful things. Classical conceptions define beauty in terms of the relation between the beautiful object as a whole and its parts: the parts should stand in the right proportion to each other and thus compose an integrated harmonious whole. Hedonist conceptions see a necessary connection between pleasure and beauty, e.g. that for an object to be beautiful is for it to cause disinterested pleasure. Other conceptions include defining beautiful objects in terms of their value, of a loving attitude towards them or of their function.

ChatGPT

  1. decorative

    Decorative refers to anything that serves the purpose of making something more appealing or attractive, often in a non-functional or non-essential way. This term is mainly used to refer to elements or items, such as ornaments, artworks, patterns, etc., that are added to objects, places or things to enhance their aesthetic appearance or visual appeal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decorativeadjective

    suited to decorate or embellish; adorning

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. dcoratif.]

Editors Contribution

  1. decorative

    To use to decorate or improve.

    The decorative beading on the blanket was so beautiful.


    Submitted by MaryC on March 27, 2020  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decorative in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decorative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of decorative in a Sentence

  1. Lyn Wadley:

    It may have been used as decorative paint. It could have been used to decorate animals hides. We have not found the evidence for the way that they used it, we just know that they used it.

  2. David Berkowitz Chicago:

    The art deprived of closeness to the world is, in fact, pure, flat, unmanageable, decorative. Totally extraneous because she herself destroyed outer. Empty and indifferent, deprived of destiny, it solves only technical issues.

  3. Manuel Emch:

    Interest in metiers d'art has grown strongly over recent years in line with interest in all things crafted and more individualistic, it's a natural evolution for the watch too. Since we have all these devices giving us the time, the watch is becoming more of a decorative piece. Besides, movement development is so time and investment-intensive that to make the mechanically unique is rarely possible in the way it is with metiers d'art.

  4. Stewart McLaurin:

    We would always encourage American products first. For the art and decorative arts and any other piece, we would like that to be American. So likewise, we would encourage glassware manufacturers to be American, but sometimes that's not possible or feasible, with Mrs. Melania Trump, some of the best crystal in the world could be made in Slovenia, and that is a nice connection to Melania Trump history, Melania Trump heritage. For it to be from Slovenia, it was a thought we had, but that would be just a thought. It's not our role to go out and create and have it delivered.

  5. Elizabeth Dodson:

    The first tip to decluttering your home starts with taking a home inventory which includes itemizing and taking photos of your personal property, this means going into each room in the house one by one and documenting all the items which include furniture, electronics, decorative items, houseware, clothing, tools and any collections like wine, jewelry, coins, art, antiques, sports memorabilia, etc. The first value of doing this is ending up with a home inventory for insurance purposes to make sure you are not under-insured, and you are prepared to make a claim if a disaster strikes such as a tornado, wildfire, hurricane, flood, etc. damages your home.

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