Representative meaning

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Representing, depicting, or portraying or able to do so.
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The definition of a representative is a person or thing that is an example or someone who is authorized to speak for someone else.

An example of representative is the picture of the olive on the can that shows the size of the olives in the can.

An example of representative is a student sent from each grade to be part of Student Council.

An example of representative is the person send to Congress to represent a specific group of U.S. residents.

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Authorized to act as an official delegate or agent.
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Representative is defined as standing or acting for other(s).

An example of representative is a person who fills in for a sick manager.

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Agent; someone who is authorized to act in place of and on behalf of someone else, by that other person for some special purpose. A representative is entitled to certain rights based upon her or his status, including the right to bargain on behalf of employees, or to discovery of trial preparation materials. See also personal representative and registered representative.
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A member of a legislative or governing body who represents a constituency.

She served four terms as representative of her local at the national union convention.

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A person duly authorized to act or speak for another or others.
  • A member of a legislative assembly.
  • A salesperson or agent for a business firm.
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A member of the lower house of Congress (House of Representatives) or of a state legislature.
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Typical; having the same properties of interest as a larger group.

Are you sure this paper is representative of your child's writing?

If you took all the fools out of the legislature, it wouldn't be a representative body anymore. "” Texas State Senator Carl Parker.

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One who may speak for another in a particular capacity, especially in negotiation.

I will send a representative to work out the details of the contract.

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One that is taken as typical of its class.
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(US, politics) A member of the US House of Representatives.

All representatives face re-election every two years.

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One that serves as an example or type for others of the same classification.
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One that serves as a delegate or agent for another.
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Of or characteristic of government by representation.
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Like or typical of others of the same class.
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Representing or serving to represent.
  • Picturing; portraying; reproducing.
  • Acting or speaking, esp. by due authority, in the place or on behalf of another or others; esp., serving as a delegate in a legislative assembly.
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Composed of persons duly authorized, as by election, to act and speak for others.

A representative assembly.

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Of, characterized by, or based on representation of the people by elected delegates.

Representative government.

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Being an example or type of a certain class or kind of thing; typical.

A building representative of modern architecture.

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A person or thing enough like the others in its class or kind to serve as an example or type.
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Origin of representative

  • From Old French representatif.
    From Wiktionary