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REPRESENTATIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does representative mean? 

REPRESENTATIVE (noun)
  The noun REPRESENTATIVE has 4 senses:

1. a person who represents others
2. an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose
3. a member of the United States House of Representatives
4. an item of information that is representative of a type

  Familiarity information: REPRESENTATIVE used as a noun is uncommon.


REPRESENTATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective REPRESENTATIVE has 3 senses:

1. serving to represent or typify
2. standing for something else
3. being or characteristic of government by representation in which citizens exercise power through elected officers and representatives

  Familiarity information: REPRESENTATIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


REPRESENTATIVE (noun)


Sense 1representative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who represents others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("representative" is a kind of...):

negotiant; negotiator; treater (someone who negotiates (confers with others in order to reach a settlement))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "representative"):

union representative (a representative for a labor union)

resident commissioner (the representative of Puerto Rico in the United States House of Representatives)

personal representative (a person who manages the affairs of another)

chief of state; head of state (the chief public representative of a country who may also be the head of government)

emissary; envoy (someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else)

delegate (a person appointed or elected to represent others)

contact; middleman (a person who is in a position to give you special assistance)

assemblywoman (a woman assemblyman)

assemblyman (someone who is a member of a legislative assembly)

alderman (a member of a municipal legislative body (as a city council))

agent (a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations)


Sense 2representative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

spokesperson; representative; interpreter; voice

Context example:

the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government

Hypernyms ("representative" is a kind of...):

advocate; advocator; exponent; proponent (a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "representative"):

spokeswoman (a female spokesperson)

spokesman (a male spokesperson)

mouth; mouthpiece (a spokesperson (as a lawyer))

flack; flack catcher; flak; flak catcher (a slick spokesperson who can turn any criticism to the advantage of their employer)

ambassador (an informal representative)

bagman; commercial traveler; commercial traveller; roadman; traveling salesman; travelling salesman (a salesman who travels to call on customers)


Sense 3representative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A member of the United States House of Representatives

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

congressman; congresswoman; representative

Hypernyms ("representative" is a kind of...):

legislator (someone who makes or enacts laws)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "representative"):

rep (informal abbreviation of 'representative')


Sense 4representative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An item of information that is representative of a type

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

example; instance; illustration; representative

Context examples:

this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome / there is an example on page 10

Hypernyms ("representative" is a kind of...):

information (knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "representative"):

apology; excuse (a poor example)

exception (an instance that does not conform to a rule or generalization)

case in point; precedent (an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time)

quintessence (the most typical example or representative of a type)

sample (a small part of something intended as representative of the whole)

specimen (an example regarded as typical of its class)


REPRESENTATIVE (adjective)


Sense 1representative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Serving to represent or typify

Context examples:

representative moviegoers / a representative modern play

Similar:

typical (exhibiting the qualities or characteristics that identify a group or kind or category)


Sense 2representative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Standing for something else

Context example:

the bald eagle is representative of the United States

Similar:

allegoric; allegorical (used in or characteristic of or containing allegory)

emblematic; emblematical; symbolic; symbolical (serving as a visible symbol for something abstract)

Antonym:

nonrepresentative (not standing for something else)


Sense 3representative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being or characteristic of government by representation in which citizens exercise power through elected officers and representatives

Context example:

representative government as defined by Abraham Lincoln is government of the people, by the people, for the people

Similar:

democratic (characterized by or advocating or based upon the principles of democracy or social equality)


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