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de·scrip·tive

 (dĭ-skrĭp′tĭv)
adj.
1. Involving or characterized by description; serving to describe.
2. Concerned with classification or description: a descriptive science.
3. Grammar
a. Expressing an attribute of the modified noun, as green in green grass. Used of an adjective or adjectival clause.
b. Nonrestrictive.
4. Linguistics Of or relating to the study or the description of a language or a specific stage of a language, with emphasis on constructing a grammar without regard to historical development, comparison with other languages, or advocated norms for correct or proper usage.

de·scrip′tive·ly adv.
de·scrip′tive·ness n.
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descriptive

(dɪˈskrɪptɪv)
adj
1. characterized by or containing description; serving to describe
2. (Grammar) grammar (of an adjective) serving to describe the referent of the noun modified, as for example the adjective brown as contrasted with my and former
3. relating to or based upon description or classification rather than explanation or prescription: descriptive linguistics.
deˈscriptively adv
deˈscriptiveness n
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de•scrip•tive

(dɪˈskrɪp tɪv)

adj.
1. serving to describe; characterized by description: a descriptive passage in an essay.
2.
a. (of an adjective or other modifier) expressing a quality of the word it modifies, as fresh in fresh milk. Compare limiting (def. 2).
b. nonrestrictive: a descriptive clause.
3. noting, concerned with, or based upon experience or observation.
4. characterized by or based upon the classification and description of material in a given field: descriptive botany.
5. based on or concerned with the actual usage of speakers of a language without reference to norms of correctness or advocacy of rules based on such norms: descriptive grammar.
[1745–55; < Late Latin]
de•scrip′tive•ly, adv.
de•scrip′tive•ness, n.
de•scrip′tiv•ist, n., adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.descriptive - serving to describe or inform or characterized by description; "the descriptive variable"; "a descriptive passage"
undescriptive - not successful in describing
2.descriptive - describing the structure of a language; "descriptive grammar"
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
prescriptive, normative - pertaining to giving directives or rules; "prescriptive grammar is concerned with norms of or rules for correct usage"
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descriptive

adjective graphic, vivid, expressive, picturesque, detailed, explanatory, pictorial, illustrative, depictive The group adopted a simpler, more descriptive title.
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descriptive

adjective
Serving to describe:
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Translations

descriptive

[dɪsˈkrɪptɪv] ADJdescriptivo
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descriptive

[dɪˈskrɪptɪv] adjdescriptif/ive
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descriptive

adj
beschreibend; account, adjective, passageanschaulich; descriptive writingBeschreibung f; his descriptive powerssein Talent zur Beschreibung; to be descriptive of somethingetw beschreiben
linguistics, science etcdeskriptiv
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descriptive

[dɪsˈkrɪptɪv] adjdescrittivo/a
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References in classic literature ?
Famous for writing that kind of impromptu descriptive verse which the Chinese call "Ying".
In several works descriptive of the islands in the Pacific, many of the most beautiful combinations of vocal sounds have been altogether lost to the ear of the reader by an over-attention to the ordinary rules of spelling.
But I have all this time left the reader without any formal descriptive introduction to this whimsical young lady angler.
As to the 52-foot linear raters, praised so much by the writer, I am warmed up by his approval of their performances; but, as far as any clear conception goes, the descriptive phrase, so precise to the comprehension of a yachtsman, evokes no definite image in my mind.
As Jimmie and his friend exchanged tales descriptive of their prowess, Maggie leaned back in the shadow.
(5) The Greeks feared to name Pluto directly and mentioned him by one of many descriptive titles, such as `Host of Many': compare the Christian use of O DIABOLOS or our `Evil One'.
(4) Descriptive, like Goldsmith's 'Deserted Village' and Tennyson's 'Dream of Fair Women.' Minor kinds are: (5) Satiric; and (6) Didactic.
'Wuthering' being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather.
As this work professes, in its title-page, to be a descriptive tale, they who will take the trouble to read it may be glad to know how much of its contents is literal fact, and how much is intended to represent a general picture.
So, while the doctor was pursuing his descriptive course of lecturing in the officers' mess, Joe reigned supreme on the forecastle, holding forth in his own peculiar manner, and making history to suit himself--a style of procedure pursued, by the way, by the greatest historians of all ages and nations.
Gosse's purely descriptive power, his aptitude for still-life and landscape, is unmistakably vivid and sound.
In the end of April John led Flora - or, as more descriptive, Flora led John - to the altar, if altar that may be called which was indeed the drawing-room mantel-piece in Mr.

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