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dɪˈskrɪp tɪvde·scrip·tive

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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"


  1. descriptive(Noun)

    An adjective (or other descriptive word)

    Etymology: From descriptivus

  2. descriptive(Adjective)

    Of, or relating to description.

    Etymology: From descriptivus

  3. descriptive(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: From descriptivus

  4. descriptive(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: From descriptivus

  5. descriptive(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [L. descriptivus: cf. F. descriptif.]

Editors Contribution

  1. descriptive

    The use of language to describe.

    The article was descriptive and accurate to describe the definition.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of descriptive in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of descriptive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of descriptive in a Sentence

  1. Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr.:

    It was a love of the air and sky and flying, the lure of adventure, the appreciation of beauty. It lay beyond the descriptive words of men-where immortality is touched through danger, where life meets death on equal plane where man is more than man, and existence both supreme and valueless at the same time.

  2. Elissa Weitzman:

    Social media data could provide descriptive information about health histories and behaviors that are helpful for building out the ` digital health phenotype ’ for patients, in a perfect, creative and well worked through digitally enabled world, real-time mining of social media content could be revealing allergies, medications or health problems that are otherwise unknown which could alter treatment decisions in an emergency situation and be life-saving.

  3. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid:

    My staff has always said, 'Don't say this,' but I'm going to say it again because it's so descriptive because it's true, in the summertime, because [of] the high humidity and how hot it gets here, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol.

  4. Daniel Cameron:

    Today, the published literature is very descriptive on all the problems that happen. It’s just that doctors are divided and it’s not clear why there’s disagreement on something that’s so common.

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