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  1. rep·re·sen·ta·tive
    IPA[ˌreprəˈzen(t)ədiv]
  2. adjective

    • 1. typical of a class, group, or body of opinion:

      these courses are representative of those taken by most Harvard undergraduates
    • 2. containing typical examples of many or all types:

      a representative sample of young people in the South
    • 3. (of a legislative or deliberative assembly) consisting of people chosen to act and speak on behalf of a wider group:

      the new government lacked a representative assembly
    • 4. (of a government or political system) based on elected representatives:

      free elections and representative democracy
      Synonym : elected, elective, chosen, democratic, popular, nominated, appointed, commissioned, delegated, authorized, accredited, official
    • 5. serving as a portrayal or symbol of something:

      the show should be more representative of how women really are
    • 6. (of art) representational:

      the bust involves a high degree of representative abstraction
    • 7. relating to mental representation.

    noun

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: representative, plural noun: representatives

    • adjective

      typical of a class, group, or body of opinion:

      containing typical examples of many or all types:

    • noun

      a person chosen or appointed to act or speak for another or others:

      a person chosen or elected to speak and act on behalf of others in a legislative assembly or deliberative body:

    • noun

      an executor or administrator of the estate of a deceased person:
    • the lower house of the US Congress and other legislatures, including most US state governments.
    • the lower house of the US Congress and other legislatures.
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