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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"
References in classic literature ?
In much of his later work there is a marked change from his earlier elaborate decorativeness to a style of vigorous strength.
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.
Roger Fry considered Neo-Impressionist art 'Proto-Byzantine', interpreting its formal qualities of flatness and decorativeness as having kinship with Byzantine art.
The new plastic balances a high level of environmental friendliness and decorativeness and makes it possible to mass produce products of various shapes and patterns using the usual molding process for ordinary plastics.
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.
The tile rims, which were given considerable attention, would add to the decorativeness of a stove.
The fascination of the show was seeing them together and wondering about the implications: skilfulness, imagination, sensuousness or exquisite decorativeness and, yet, are these not bleak visions?
Pre-Raphaelites took inspiration from late medieval painting and produced art that enriched realism with decorativeness and sophisticated colorism, while remaining within the Victorian moral themes.
Faulkner reviews the insights of earlier critics, who have discerned Pre-Raphaelite qualities in the intensity, decorativeness, and concern for pattern in Morris' work, to which Faulkner adds the influence of Ruskin and medieval revivalism.
The intensity that comes with Delaney's small scale was his hedge against the monotony and decorativeness that Greenberg saw as the risks of allover painting.