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representative

[rep-ri-zen-tuh-tiv] /ˌrɛp rɪˈzɛn tə tɪv/
noun
1.
a person or thing that represents another or others.
2.
an agent or deputy:
a legal representative.
3.
a person who represents a constituency or community in a legislative body, especially a member of the U.S. House of Representatives or a lower house in certain state legislatures.
4.
a typical example or specimen of a group, quality, or kind.
adjective
5.
serving to represent; representing.
6.
standing or acting for another or others.
7.
made up of representatives:
a representative assembly.
8.
Government. of or pertaining to a system of governance by chosen representatives, usually elected from among a large group, as in representative democracy; representative government.
9.
exemplifying a group or kind; typical:
a representative selection of Elizabethan plays.
10.
corresponding to or replacing some other species or the like, as in a different locality.
11.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of representationalism.
12.
pertaining to or of the nature of a mental image or representation.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin repraesentātīvus, equivalent to repraesentāt(us) (see representation) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
representatively, adverb
representativeness, noun
nonrepresentative, noun, adjective
nonrepresentatively, adverb
nonrepresentativeness, noun
overrepresentative, adjective
overrepresentatively, adverb
overrepresentativeness, noun
unrepresentative, adjective
unrepresentatively, adverb
unrepresentativeness, noun
Synonyms
5. symbolic, exemplary, typical, characteristic.
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Examples for representative government
  • Consider our system of representative government: it is designed to be complicated and inefficient.
  • My foundation belief is that the way to achieve representative government that works is education.
  • The essence of a republic is representative government.
  • There is need of the study of the historical workings of representative government.
  • representative government of, by, and for the people is now a faded memory.
  • Society as a whole, through the medium of representative government, decides what is or is not acceptable in such instances.
  • That's the sad thing about representative government: it isn't any better than what it represents.
  • The decline of the biographical approach also relates to the rise of representative government.
  • At the global level, the problems of representative government are multiplied.
  • After nine centuries of autocracy, it has known representative government for less than a decade.
British Dictionary definitions for representative government

representative

/ˌrɛprɪˈzɛntətɪv/
noun
1.
a person or thing that represents another or others
2.
a person who represents and tries to sell the products or services of a firm, esp a travelling salesman Often shortened to rep
3.
a typical example
4.
a person representing a constituency in a deliberative, legislative, or executive body, esp (capital) a member of the House of Representatives (the lower house of Congress) See also House of Representatives
5.
(NZ) a rugby player, football player, etc, chosen to represent a province in interprovincial sports
adjective
6.
serving to represent; symbolic
7.
  1. exemplifying a class or kind; typical a representative example of the species
  2. containing or including examples of all the interests, types, etc, in a group a representative collection
8.
acting as deputy or proxy for another or others
9.
acting for or representing a constituency or the whole people in the process of government a representative council
10.
of, characterized by, or relating to the political principle of representation of the people representative government
11.
of or relating to a mental picture or representation
Derived Forms
representatively, adverb
representativeness, noun
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Contemporary definitions for representative government
noun

a form of government in which the citizens delegate authority to elected representatives

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Word Origin and History for representative government
representative
"serving to represent," late 14c., from O.Fr. representatif (early 14c.), from M.L. repræsentativus, from L. repræsentare (see represent), Meaning "standing for others" is from 1620s; in the political sense of "holding the place of the people in the government, having citizens represented by chosen persons" is first recorded 1620s. Noun use first recorded 1640s; first used 1690s in noun sense of "member of a legislative body."
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