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 (dĕk′ər-ə-tĭv, -ə-rā′-)
Serving to decorate or embellish; ornamental.

dec′o·ra·tive·ly adv.
dec′o·ra·tive·ness n.
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Adv.1.decoratively - in a decorative manner; "used decoratively at Christmas"
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Philip duly sent the papers and the money, and in return received a calendar worth about a penny, on which was set down the appointed passage to be read each day, and a sheet of paper on one side of which was a picture of the Good Shepherd and a lamb, and on the other, decoratively framed in red lines, a short prayer which had to be said before beginning to read.
I learned how to choose between words after a study of their fitness, and though I often employed them decoratively and with no vital sense of their qualities, still in mere decoration they had to be chosen intelligently, and after some thought about their structure and meaning.
She was lying on her side, tranquil above the smooth flow of time, again closely wrapped up in her fur, her head resting on the old-gold sofa cushion bearing like everything else in that room the decoratively enlaced letters of her monogram; her face a little pale now, with the crimson lobe of her ear under the tawny mist of her loose hair, the lips a little parted, and her glance of melted sapphire level and motionless, darkened by fatigue.
The beautiful text is decoratively woven into the swirling illustrations of the blowing wind.
Known for its distinctive mosaic mural designed by famous expressionist Hans Hofmann, which decoratively adorns the lobby elevator banks, the building was recently renovated with new lobby, entrance, corridors, and restrooms.
The boathouse was constructed in 1893 and is a stunning architectural landmark for the area, with stone walls surrounded by decoratively tiled roofs and ornate bargeboards.
Glass sliders lead to a small balcony with views up and down the canal, and the attached bathroom includes a giant, jetted soaking tub backed by a decoratively 1990s bank of glass bricks.
Scrumptious gourmet cupcakes are decoratively displayed and are sold by the dozens
The sign and message board must be easily readable in the sunlight, and be decoratively lit in order to be seen at night.
Bedspreads last longer than duvet covers and you don't have to wash them as often, especially if you just use them decoratively.
Arrange the bag of rosemary sprigs on the wood board off center and the salts, oils and other condiments decoratively beside it.
It is a mark of great appreciation to the creativity of the director that the young chap places the kebabs decoratively in a bowl.