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Definition of Representative


  1. Fitted to represent; exhibiting a similitude.
  2. Bearing the character or power of another; acting for another or others; as, a council representative of the people.
  3. Conducted by persons chosen to represent, or act as deputies for, the people; as, a representative government.
  4. Serving or fitted to present the full characters of the type of a group; typical; as, a representative genus in a family.
  5. Similar in general appearance, structure, and habits, but living in different regions; -- said of certain species and varieties.
  6. Giving, or existing as, a transcript of what was originally presentative knowledge; as, representative faculties; representative knowledge. See Presentative, 3 and Represent, 8.
  7. One who, or that which, represents (anything); that which exhibits a likeness or similitude.
  8. An agent, deputy, or substitute, who supplies the place of another, or others, being invested with his or their authority.
  9. One who represents, or stands in the place of, another.
  10. A member of the lower or popular house in a State legislature, or in the national Congress.
  11. That which presents the full character of the type of a group.
  12. A species or variety which, in any region, takes the place of a similar one in another region.

Representative Quotations

Creativity itself doesn't care at all about results - the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless.
Elizabeth Gilbert

In a portrait, you have room to have a point of view. The image may not be literally what's going on, but it's representative.
Annie Leibovitz

There is not Communism or Marxism, but representative democracy and social justice in a well-planned economy.
Fidel Castro

Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
Edmund Burke

We've been in the nation-building business since World War I, and especially since WWII. The goal is not a Jeffersonian Democracy in Afghanistan, but a representative government that respects human rights, protects its own people, and is a friend of the West. These are very realistic - and necessary - goals.
Oliver North
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Representative Translations

representative in Afrikaans is verteenwoordiger
representative in Danish is delegeret
representative in Dutch is gedeputeerde, afgevaardigde
representative in Italian is rappresentante
representative in Latin is responsal
representative in Portuguese is representante
representative in Spanish is substituto, representante
representative in Swedish is representant, representativ, ombud
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