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descriptive

[dih-skrip-tiv] /dɪˈskrɪp tɪv/
adjective
1.
having the quality of describing; characterized by description:
a descriptive passage in an essay.
2.
Grammar.
  1. (of an adjective or other modifier) expressing a quality of the word it modifies, as fresh in fresh milk.
    Compare limiting (def 2).
  2. (of a clause) nonrestrictive.
    Compare restrictive (def 4).
3.
noting, concerned with, or based upon the fact or experience.
4.
characterized by or based upon the classification and description of material in a given field:
descriptive botany.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < Late Latin dēscrīptīvus, equivalent to Latin dēscrīpt(us) (see description) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
descriptively, adverb
descriptiveness, noun
nondescriptive, adjective
nondescriptively, adverb
nondescriptiveness, noun
overdescriptive, adjective
overdescriptively, adverb
overdescriptiveness, noun
self-descriptive, adjective
undescriptive, adjective
undescriptively, adverb
undescriptiveness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for descriptiveness

descriptive

/dɪˈskrɪptɪv/
adjective
1.
characterized by or containing description; serving to describe
2.
(grammar) (of an adjective) serving to describe the referent of the noun modified, as for example the adjective brown as contrasted with my and former
3.
relating to or based upon description or classification rather than explanation or prescription: descriptive linguistics
Derived Forms
descriptively, adverb
descriptiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for descriptiveness

descriptive

adj.

1751, from Late Latin descriptivus, from descript-, past participle stem of describere (see description). Related: Descriptively; descriptiveness.

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