Representative
Representative Rep`re*sent"a*tive, n. [Cf. LL. repraesentativus.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who, or that which, represents (anything); that which exhibits a likeness or similitude. [1913 Webster]

A statute of Rumor, whispering an idiot in the ear, who was the representative of Credulity. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Difficulty must cumber this doctrine which supposes that the perfections of God are the representatives to us of whatever we perceive in the creatures. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

2. An agent, deputy, or substitute, who supplies the place of another, or others, being invested with his or their authority. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) One who represents, or stands in the place of, another. [1913 Webster]

Note: The executor or administrator is ordinarily held to be the representative of a deceased person, and is sometimes called the legal representative, or the personal representative. The heir is sometimes called the real representative of his deceased ancestor. The heirs and executors or administrators of a deceased person are sometimes compendiously described as his real and personal representatives. --Wharton. Burrill. [1913 Webster]

4. A member of the lower or popular house in a State legislature, or in the national Congress. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]

5. (Nat.Hist.) (a) That which presents the full character of the type of a group. (b) A species or variety which, in any region, takes the place of a similar one in another region. [1913 Webster]


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  • representative — rep·re·sen·ta·tive 1 adj 1: serving to represent 2 a: standing or acting for another esp. through delegated authority an agent acting in a representative capacity b: of, based on, or constituting a government in which the people are represented… …   Law dictionary

  • Representative — Rep re*sent a*tive ( z?nt ? t?v), a. [Cf. F. repr?sentatif.] 1. Fitted to represent; exhibiting a similitude. [1913 Webster] 2. Bearing the character or power of another; acting for another or others; as, a council representative of the people.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • representative — [rep΄rə zen′tə tiv] adj. [ME < MFr or ML: MFr représentatif < ML repraesentativus] 1. representing or serving to represent; specif., a) picturing; portraying; reproducing b) acting or speaking, esp. by due authority, in the place or on… …   English World dictionary

  • representative — [adj] characteristic, typical adumbrative, archetypal, classic, classical, delineative, depictive, emblematic, evocative, exemplary, ideal, illustrative, model, presentational, prototypal, prototypical, quintessential, rep*, symbolic, symbolical; …   New thesaurus

  • representative — ► ADJECTIVE 1) typical of a class or group. 2) containing typical examples of many or all types: a representative sample. 3) (of a legislative or deliberative assembly) consisting of people chosen to act and speak on behalf of a wider group. 4)… …   English terms dictionary

  • Representative — may refer to: *Representation *Legislator, someone who is part of a legislature *House of Representatives …   Wikipedia

  • representative — (adj.) serving to represent, late 14c., from O.Fr. representatif (early 14c.), from M.L. repræsentativus, from L. repræsentare (see REPRESENT (Cf. represent)), Meaning standing for others is from 1620s; in the political sense of holding the place …   Etymology dictionary

  • representative — n *delegate, deputy …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • representative — A person appointed on behalf of another to carry out the acts and formalities required by customs rules. Representatives may be either Direct or Indirect. A representative must state who they are acting on behalf of, specify the type of… …   Financial and business terms

  • representative — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ chief, leading, main ▪ senior ▪ sole ▪ I was the sole representative of the committee …   Collocations dictionary

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