I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. serving to represent 2. a. standing or acting for another especially through delegated authority b. of, based on, or constituting a government in which the many are represented by persons chosen from among them usually by election 3. serving as a typical or characteristic example <
a representative moviegoer
4. of or relating to representation or representationalism • representatively adverbrepresentativeness nounrepresentativity noun II. noun Date: 1635 1. one that represents another or others: as a. (1) one that represents a constituency as a member of a legislative body (2) a member of the house of representatives of the United States Congress or a state legislature b. one that represents another as agent, deputy, substitute, or delegate usually being invested with the authority of the principal c. one that represents a business organization d. one that represents another as successor or heir 2. a typical example of a group, class, or quality ; specimen

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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