narrative

[nar-uh-tiv]
noun
1.
a story or account of events, experiences, or the like, whether true or fictitious.
2.
a book, literary work, etc., containing such a story.
3.
the art, technique, or process of narrating: Somerset Maugham was a master of narrative.
adjective
4.
consisting of or being a narrative: a narrative poem.
5.
of or pertaining to narration: narrative skill.
6.
Fine Arts. representing stories or events pictorially or sculpturally: narrative painting. Compare anecdotal ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1555–65; < Latin narrātīvus suitable for narration. See narrate, -ive

narratively, adverb
nonnarrative, adjective, noun
seminarrative, adjective
unnarrative, adjective


1. chronicle, tale. Narrative, account, recital, history are terms for a story of an event or events. Narrative is the general term (for a story long or short; of past, present, or future; factual or imagined; told for any purpose; and with or without much detail). The other three terms apply primarily to factual stories of time already past. An account is usually told informally, often for entertainment, with emphasis on details of action, whether about an incident or a series of happenings. A recital is an extended narrative usually with an informative purpose, emphasizing accuracy and exhaustive details of facts and figures. A history usually written and at some length, is characterized by a tracing of causes and effects, and by an attempt to estimate, evaluate, and interpret facts.
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narrative (ˈnærətɪv)
 
n
1.  an account, report, or story, as of events, experiences, etc
2.  the narrative the part of a literary work that relates events
3.  the process or technique of narrating
 
adj
4.  telling a story: a narrative poem
5.  of or relating to narration: narrative art
 
'narratively
 
adv

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narrative
mid-15c., from M.Fr. narratif, from L.L. narrativus "suited to narration," from L. narrare (see narration). The noun meaning "a tale, story" is first recorded 1560s, from the adjective.
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Example sentences
The media has always had an interest in shaping the story of the campaign to
  produce an interesting horse-race narrative.
He told me a story to help me match my narrative to that of graduate school.
The way you do that, the story or narrative you tell, is your worldview.
Experts differ on precisely what story is being told here, but the frieze was
  quite clearly carved as a continuous narrative.
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