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DESCRIPTIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does descriptive mean? 

DESCRIPTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective DESCRIPTIVE has 3 senses:

1. serving to describe or inform or characterized by description
2. concerned with phenomena (especially language) at a particular period without considering historical antecedents
3. describing the structure of a language

  Familiarity information: DESCRIPTIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DESCRIPTIVE (adjective)


Sense 1descriptive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Serving to describe or inform or characterized by description

Context examples:

the descriptive variable / a descriptive passage

Antonym:

undescriptive (not successful in describing)


Sense 2descriptive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Concerned with phenomena (especially language) at a particular period without considering historical antecedents

Synonyms:

descriptive; synchronic

Context examples:

synchronic linguistics / descriptive linguistics

Also:

synchronal; synchronic; synchronous (occurring or existing at the same time or having the same period or phase)

Domain category:

language; linguistic communication (a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols)


Sense 3descriptive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Describing the structure of a language

Context example:

descriptive linguistics simply describes language

Domain category:

grammar (the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics or morphology))

Antonym:

prescriptive (pertaining to giving directives or rules)


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