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1. The act or an instance of inscribing.
2. A marking, such as the wording on a coin, medal, monument, or seal, that is inscribed.
3. A piece of material, such as a stone or metal tablet, that is inscribed.
4. An enrollment or a registration of names.
a. A short, signed message in a book or on a photograph given as a gift.
b. The usually informal dedication of a book or an artistic work.

[Middle English inscripcioun, statement giving the author or title of a book, from Latin īnscrīptiō, īnscrīptiōn-, from īnscrīptus, past participle of īnscrībere, to inscribe; see inscribe.]

in·scrip′tion·al, in·scrip′tive adj.
in·scrip′tive·ly adv.


(ɪnˈskrɪp tɪv)

of, pertaining to, or of the nature of an inscription.
in•scrip′tive•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.inscriptive - of or relating to an inscription
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As Robinson observed that Muslim communities had to deal with the reality of a new and powerful adversary who not only introduced changes that fundamentally affected their economic position (in case of Bengali Muslims) constantly and successively, but also eroded the inscriptive rules by which success and status were determined (Robinson, 1974).
The most important element in the interior of the mosque is the mihrab, which is made of finely carved and sculptured marble, with a stalactite niche and a double inscriptive panel above it.
The work of a poet such as Celan is concerned not simply with the relationship between violence as a historical phenomenon and poetry as a means of representing experience but with how language itself, to the extent that it manifests an indelible inscriptive power, can be understood as containing an irreducibly violent component.
She explicates the Virgilian inscriptive pun on versus, which in the Georgies can designate "both the furrows of the field and the lines of verse on the page" (1), informing her reader that Virgil's double sense of versus results in books that are "as much about the tending of words as they are about agriculture and other forms of terraculture; they are concerned not only with words (verba) as bearers of things (res) but also with words as things, exerting friction within representation and requiring labor and care.
shall consider electronic, hard copy inscriptive and verbal information.
That inscriptive, or reinscriptive, dimension--something Shakespeare evokes repeatedly in his threshold scenes--arises because the social field isn't a mutual space, a world, or even a collectivity, it's an infinitude in relation to which any claim to descriptive exteriority becomes the measure of a renewed absorption.
One particularly instructive form of inscriptive practice is the movement notation designed by Rudolf von Laban (1971): whereas other forms of notation attempt to show what a dancer looks like to an external audience, Laban sought to represent the forces internal to the performers themselves, designing a set of instructions on how to achieve a form rather than simply describe what it looks like.
Central to this investigation is the interplay of the signature and the inscriptive practices that help to call forth and call away the subject that the signature endeavors to name.