1. a person who represents others;
2. an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose;
- Example: "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government"
[syn: spokesperson, interpreter, representative, voice]
3. a member of the United States House of Representatives;
[syn: congressman, congresswoman, representative]
4. an item of information that is typical of a class or group;
- Example: "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"
- Example: "there is an example on page 10"
[syn: example, illustration, instance, representative]
1. serving to represent or typify;
- Example: "representative moviegoers"
- Example: "a representative modern play"
2. standing for something else;
- Example: "the bald eagle is representative of the United States"
3. being or characteristic of government by representation in which citizens exercise power through elected officers and representatives;
- Example: "representative government as defined by Abraham Lincoln is government of the people, by the people, for the people"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Representative \Rep`re*sent"a*tive\, n. [Cf. LL. repraesentativus.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who, or that which, represents (anything); that which exhibits a likeness or similitude. [1913 Webster] A statute of Rumor, whispering an idiot in the ear, who was the representative of Credulity. --Addison. [1913 Webster] Difficulty must cumber this doctrine which supposes that the perfections of God are the representatives to us of whatever we perceive in the creatures. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. An agent, deputy, or substitute, who supplies the place of another, or others, being invested with his or their authority. [1913 Webster] 3. (Law) One who represents, or stands in the place of, another. [1913 Webster] Note: The executor or administrator is ordinarily held to be the representative of a deceased person, and is sometimes called the legal representative, or the personal representative. The heir is sometimes called the real representative of his deceased ancestor. The heirs and executors or administrators of a deceased person are sometimes compendiously described as his real and personal representatives. --Wharton. Burrill. [1913 Webster] 4. A member of the lower or popular house in a State legislature, or in the national Congress. [U.S.] [1913 Webster] 5. (Nat.Hist.) (a) That which presents the full character of the type of a group. (b) A species or variety which, in any region, takes the place of a similar one in another region. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Representative \Rep`re*sent"a*tive\ (-z?nt`?-t?v), a. [Cf. F. repr?sentatif.] 1. Fitted to represent; exhibiting a similitude. [1913 Webster] 2. Bearing the character or power of another; acting for another or others; as, a council representative of the people. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 3. Conducted by persons chosen to represent, or act as deputies for, the people; as, a representative government. [1913 Webster] 4. (Nat.Hist.) (a) Serving or fitted to present the full characters of the type of a group; typical; as, a representative genus in a family. (b) Similar in general appearance, structure, and habits, but living in different regions; -- said of certain species and varieties. [1913 Webster] 5. (Metaph.) Giving, or existing as, a transcript of what was originally presentative knowledge; as, representative faculties; representative knowledge. See Presentative, 3 and Represent, 8. [1913 Webster]The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
REPRESENTATIVE, n. In national politics, a member of the Lower House in this world, and without discernible hope of promotion in the next.Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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