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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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