descriptive [adj] explanatory anecdotic, characteristic, characterizing, circumstantial, classificatory, clear, definitive, delineative, depictive, describing, designating, detailed, eloquent, explicative, expository, expressive, extended, graphic, identifying, illuminating, illuminative, illustrative, indicative, interpretive, lifelike, narrative, particularized, pictorial, picturesque, revealing, specific, true to life, vivid; concepts 267,557 —Ant. confusing, cursory, undescriptive

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  • Descriptive — De*scrip tive, a. [L. descriptivus: cf. F. descriptif.] Tending to describe; having the quality of representing; containing description; as, a descriptive figure; a descriptive phrase; a descriptive narration; a story descriptive of the age.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • descriptive — I adjective characterizing, circumstantial, classificatory, clear, definitional, definitive, delineative, designating, detailed, eloquent, explanatory, explicatory, expositive, expository, graphic, identifying, illuminating, illuminative,… …   Law dictionary

  • descriptive — [di skrip′tiv] adj. describing; of or characterized by description; specif., a) designating or of a branch of a science in which its data or materials are described and classified [descriptive anatomy] b) Gram. designating an adjective that… …   English World dictionary

  • descriptive — meaning …   Philosophy dictionary

  • descriptive — 1751, from L.L. descriptivus, from descript , pp. stem of describere (see DESCRIPTION (Cf. description)). Related: Descriptively; descriptiveness …   Etymology dictionary

  • descriptive — As applied to language, the term denotes a concept of grammar as describing actual practice rather than laying down theoretical rules. See prescriptive …   Modern English usage

  • descriptive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) serving or seeking to describe. 2) describing or classifying without expressing judgement. DERIVATIVES descriptively adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • descriptive — adjective Date: 1723 1. serving to describe < a descriptive account > 2. a. referring to, constituting, or grounded in matters of observation or experience < the descriptive basis of science > b …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • descriptive — ● descriptif, descriptive adjectif (bas latin descriptivus) Qui a pour objet de décrire, qui donne les détails de quelque chose, d une opération : Devis descriptif. Qui s attache à décrire quelque chose pour produire un effet artistique, recréer… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • descriptive — adj. VERBS ▪ be ADVERB ▪ highly, very ▪ a highly descriptive account of her journey through Africa ▪ purely …   Collocations dictionary

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