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dec·o·ra·tive

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

dec′o·ra·tive·ly adv.
dec′o·ra·tive·ness n.
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decorative

(ˈdɛkərətɪv; ˈdɛkrətɪv)
adj
serving to decorate or adorn; ornamental
ˈdecoratively adv
ˈdecorativeness n
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dec•o•ra•tive

(ˈdɛk ər ə tɪv, ˈdɛk rə-, ˈdɛk əˌreɪ-)

adj.
1. serving or tending to decorate.
2. ornamental rather than functional in purpose.
[1785–95]
dec′o•ra•tive•ly, adv.
dec′o•ra•tive•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.decorative - serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose; "cosmetic fenders on cars"; "the buildings were utilitarian rather than decorative"
nonfunctional - not having or performing a function
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decorative

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Translations
زُخْرُفي، تَزْييني
dekorativníokrasný
dekorativ
dekoratív
til skrauts; skrautlegur
dekoratívny
dekoratifsüslü

decorative

[ˈdekərətɪv]
A. ADJ (in function) → de adorno, decorativo; (= pleasant) → hermoso, elegante
B. CPD decorative arts NPLartes fpl decorativas
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decorative

[ˈdɛkərətɪv] adjdécoratif/ive
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decorative

adjdekorativ
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decorative

[ˈdɛkrətɪv] adjdecorativo/a
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decorate

(ˈdekəreit) verb
1. to add some kind of ornament etc to (something) to make more beautiful, striking etc. We decorated the Christmas tree with glass balls.
2. to put paint, paper etc on the walls, ceiling and woodwork of (a room). He spent a week decorating the living-room.
3. to give a medal or badge to (someone) as a mark of honour. He was decorated for his bravery.
ˌdecoˈration noun
1. something used to decorate. Christmas decorations.
2. the act of decorating. The decoration of the house will be a long job.
ˈdecorative (-rətiv) adjective
ornamental or beautiful (especially if not useful). a decorative arrangement of flowers.
ˈdecorator noun
a person who decorates rooms, houses etc. He was a painter and decorator.
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References in classic literature ?
Meanwhile I am approaching a decorative old Surrey town, little more than a cluster of ripe old inns, to one of which I have much pleasure in inviting the reader to dinner.
A decorative object, such as a column, for instance, was placed in one of the corners and immediately produced a hall of a thousand columns; for, thanks to the mirrors, the real room was multiplied by six hexagonal rooms, each of which, in its turn, was multiplied indefinitely.
The old warrior himself was arranging in round balls the two grey locks of hair that were suffered to grow from the crown of his head; his earrings and spear, both well polished, lay beside him, while the highly decorative pair of shoes hung suspended from a projecting cane against the side of the house.
He had to content himself with setting the man to work again on mantelpieces and other decorative stone-work for use in house property on the Trefusis estate.
In short, the cost of an article of furniture has at length come to be, with us, nearly the sole test of its merit in a decorative point of view - and this test, once established, has led the way to many analogous errors, readily traceable to the one primitive folly.
In a handsome gold frame was a copy of Velasquez' Innocent X., that Stroeve had made in Rome, and placed so as to make the most of their decorative effect were a number of Stroeve's pictures, all in splendid frames.
The peculiarities of lighting, the masses of dingy red and tarnished gold, the heaviness of the shadows and the decorative lines, offered a new theme; and half the studios in the Quarter contained sketches made in one or other of the local theatres.
What particular decorative effect the bushmen get out of them I didn't know, but they prize them just as much as the salt-water crowd.
To the educated eye the dining-room, with its modern furniture and conservatory, its ancient walls and doors, and its lofty mantelpiece (neither very old nor very new), presents a startling, almost a revolutionary, mixture of the decorative workmanship of widely differing schools.
Questions to be asked in regard to external style are such as these: Is it good or bad, careful or careless, clear and easy or confused and difficult; simple or complex; terse and forceful (perhaps colloquial) or involved and stately; eloquent, balanced, rhythmical; vigorous, or musical, languid, delicate and decorative; varied or monotonous; plain or figurative; poor or rich in connotation and poetic suggestiveness; beautiful, or only clear and strong?
Wilcox had eschewed those decorative schemes that wince, and relent, and refrain, and achieve beauty by sacrificing comfort and pluck.
We were standing by then in the middle of the room with its vivid colours on a black background, with its multitude of winged figures with pale limbs, with hair like halos or flames, all strangely tense in their strained, decorative attitudes.