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ɪkˈsprɛs ɪvex·pres·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. expressiveadjective

    characterized by expression

    "a very expressive face"


  1. expressiveadjective

    Effectively conveying thought or feeling.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Expressiveadjective

    Having the power of utterance or representation. With of before the thing expressed.

    Etymology: from express.

    Each verse so swells expressive of her woes,
    And ev’ry tear in lines so mournful flows,
    We, spite of fame, her fate revers’d believe,
    O’erlook her crimes, and think she ought to live. Thomas Tickell.

    And four fair queens, whose hands sustain a flow’r,
    Th’ expressive emblem of their softer pow’r. Alexander Pope.

    A visible and exemplary obedience to God’s laws is the most expressive acknowledgment of the majesty and sovereignty of God, and disposes others to glorify him by the same observances. John Rogers, Sermon 18.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expressiveadjective

    serving to express, utter, or represent; indicative; communicative; -- followed by of; as, words expressive of his gratitude

  2. Expressiveadjective

    full of expression; vividly representing the meaning or feeling meant to be conveyed; significant; emphatic; as, expressive looks or words

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. expressif.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of expressive in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of expressive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of expressive in a Sentence

  1. Brad Anderson:

    Marmaduke is very expressive and very active, and he's always doing something funny or ridiculous or crazy, he's always jumping over the couch, chasing after a cat. In the car, he wants to take over and drive.

  2. Kartika Jahja:

    Whether it's sexual violence or being sexually expressive, I think the norms here sort of punish women for doing that.

  3. The Court report:

    It is worth stressing that an expressive portion of the projects were at an advanced stage at the time of the sporting tournament, which means their completion is inevitable, there is absolutely no doubt that their conclusion will serve as an important legacy from the Cup.

  4. Phil Lesh -LRB- bass -RRB-:

    The mainstream seems to be referencing '60s, '70s and '80s rock, rather than '30s, '40s, '50s blues and jazz and that sort of thing, our generation, the '60s 'jammers' let's say, our influences were people like Coltrane, and blues artists like Bobbie Bland, or Wilson Pickett or more of a roots-y thing. I think that young musicians today are more influenced by rock music. It's sort of narrowed down a little bit. That's not to say that it's not extremely expressive and diverse, but I don't sense a lot of roots involvement.

  5. Dave Pomeroy:

    He expanded the pedal part of the steel. The mechanical evolution of the instrument that led to a new style of playing that was much more expressive and unpredictable, he had this sly, wicked grin that was so great, and if you played something he liked he would look at you and give you that little grin that was the nicest seal of approval ever.

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    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
    • A. abet
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