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Definition of "descriptive" []

  • Involving or characterized by description; serving to describe. (adjective)
  • Concerned with classification or description: a descriptive science. (adjective)
  • Grammar Expressing an attribute of the modified noun, as green in green grass. Used of an adjective or adjectival clause. (adjective)
  • Grammar Nonrestrictive. (adjective)
  • 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. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "descriptive" in a sentence
  • "One is called "bird-nesting," the title descriptive of the favorite diversion thus depicted."
  • "'Retrograde' is the term descriptive of the motion of the planets from east to west."
  • "Take a few seconds to make the title descriptive (and, yeah, a keyword or two sprinkled in here would be a good thing too for findability), then scroll down to the bottom:"