- designating or of a branch of a science in which its data or materials are described and classified: descriptive anatomy
- Gram. designating an adjective that indicates a quality or condition of the person or thing named by the word it modifies: “big” in “big barn” is a descriptive adjective
An example of descriptive is someone giving a very detailed account of an experience they had; a descriptive person.
- Involving or characterized by description; serving to describe.
- Concerned with classification or description: a descriptive science.
- Grammar a. Expressing an attribute of the modified noun, as green in green grass. Used of an adjective or adjectival clause.b. Nonrestrictive.
- 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.
(comparative more descriptive, superlative most descriptive)
- Of, or relating to description.
- (grammar) Of an adjective, stating an attribute of the associated noun (as heavy in the heavy dictionary).
- (linguistics) Describing the structure, grammar, vocabulary and actual use of a language.
- (sciences, philosophy) Describing and seeking to classify, as opposed to normative or prescriptive.
- (grammar) An adjective (other descriptive word)
From Latin dēscriptīvus (“containing a full description”)
- The descriptive parts of my novel found favour.
- See the valuable General Descriptive Report on the Bahama Islands, by Sir G.
- The former is particular or descriptive; the latter is general.
- The map of Marinus and the descriptive accounts which accompanied it have perished, but we learn sufficient concerning them from Ptolemy to be able to appreciate their merits and demerits.
- Moule, Descriptive Catalogue of the Charters, Minute Books, and other Documents of the Borough of Weymouth and Melcome Regis, A.D.