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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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Noun1.decorativeness - an appearance that serves to decorate and make something more attractive
appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
finish, finishing, coating - a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance); "the boat had a metallic finish"; "he applied a coat of a clear finish"; "when the finish is too thin it is difficult to apply evenly"
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In much of his later work there is a marked change from his earlier elaborate decorativeness to a style of vigorous strength.
Togrul Narimanbayov synthesized East and West in his works, combining the decorativeness of eastern miniatures with the intellectuality of western art.
But, of course, over the centuries weaving had embraced every kind of figuration and decorativeness, particularly in the form of tapestry with its discontinuous wefts and, from the 19th century, through the use of Jacquard looms.
NEC's "Urushi black" tone bioplastic in particular has attracted great interest, and in order to promote the practical use of this bioplastic, high scratch resistance and greater decorativeness are expected.
Unique plants froze and lost their decorativeness," he said.
But, however vociferous, these banners were less convincing than the carpet works, as their overdramatic decorativeness diminished their assertiveness.
That is, most of the respondents desired both functionality and decorativeness of the LED element.
Roger Fry considered Neo-Impressionist art 'Proto-Byzantine', interpreting its formal qualities of flatness and decorativeness as having kinship with Byzantine art.
At the same time, one can see an expressionist-like rendering of the decorativeness of the space surrounding the figures and the architectonic elements of the space.
One can only succumb to their sheer gorgeousness, which temptingly and narrowly escape the questionable bliss of decorativeness. Along the edges the unraveled fabric hangs like windblown tassels.
The tile rims, which were given considerable attention, would add to the decorativeness of a stove.