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interpretive

[in-tur-pri-tiv] /ɪnˈtɜr prɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to interpret; explanatory.
2.
deduced by interpretation.
3.
made because of interpretation:
an interpretive distortion of language.
4.
of or relating to those arts that require an intermediary, as a performer, for realization, as in music or theater.
5.
offering interpretations, explanations, or guidance, as through lectures, brochures, or films:
the museum's interpretive center.
Origin of interpretive
1670-1680
1670-80; interpret + -ive
Related forms
interpretively, adverb
noninterpretive, adjective
noninterpretively, adverb
noninterpretiveness, noun
self-interpretive, adjective
uninterpretive, adjective
uninterpretively, adverb
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  • An artistic concept or interpretive sense of the highest possible order.

  • Clogging, the ballet, interpretive and toe dances—why enumerate them.

  • And they respond by calling forth the interpretive genius of their conductor.

    Herein is Love Reuel L. Howe
  • It is interpretive of episode, and the episode forces it into shape.

    Beauty and the Beast Stewart A. McDowall
  • More observer Rell were quickly focused on the novel sight and further data was rapidly fed into the interpretive bank.

    The Hitch Hikers Vernon L. McCain
Word Origin and History for interpretive
adj.

1670s, from interpret + -ive; also see interpretative. Listed by Fowler among the words "that for one reason or another should not have been brought into existence."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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