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tr.v. de·lin·e·at·ed, de·lin·e·at·ing, de·lin·e·ates
a. To draw or depict: "In black and white wash, he delineated the gnarled roots of a tree" (Sally Holmes Holtze).
b. To describe or characterize in words: "the specter of the bored and isolated housewife, which Friedan delineated so brilliantly" (Mary V. Dearborn).
a. To mark, form, or show the outline or border of: The police delineated the crime scene with yellow tape. A hedge delineates one plot of land from the other.
b. To establish the position of (a border): The treaty delineates the border between Spanish and American territory.
c. To show or contain a distinguishing characteristic of; distinguish: "The first game ... delineated the differences between the two teams" (Stuart Miller).

[Latin dēlīneāre, dēlīneāt- : dē-, de- + līnea, line, thread; see line1.]

de·lin′e·a′tion n.
de·lin′e·a′tive adj.
de·lin′e·a′tor n.
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Adj.1.delineative - depicted in a recognizable manner
representational - (used especially of art) depicting objects, figures,or scenes as seen; "representational art"; "representational images"
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In spite of the centrality of this question of belonging to the political history of citizenship, the dominant mode of thinking about the category in political philosophy and theory, not just in the Liberal tradition but also a few of its staunchest Republican and radical-democratic critics, has been an exclusive focus on citizenship's delineative function.
His social beings engage in delineative performances.
(109) What weighed against the issuance of a restraining order, and the factor that ultimately prevailed albeit by a narrow delineative margin, was the fear that the grant of injunctive relief would disserve the public interest.
He continued this delineative practice throughout his career, eventually also using painted marks.