descriptive: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (di-skrip'tiv), [key]
— adj.
  1. having the quality of describing; characterized by description: a descriptive passage in an essay.
    1. Gram.(of an adjective or other modifier) expressing a quality of the word it modifies, as fresh in fresh milk. Cf. limiting.
    2. (of a clause) nonrestrictive. Cf. restrictive (def. 4).
  2. noting, concerned with, or based upon the fact or experience.
  3. characterized by or based upon the classification and description of material in a given field: descriptive botany.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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