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representational

[rep-ri-zen-tey-shuh-nl, -zuh n-] /ˌrɛp rɪ zɛnˌteɪ ʃə nl, -zən-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to representation.
2.
representing or depicting an object in a recognizable manner:
representational art.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; representation + -al1
Related forms
unrepresentational, adjective
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Examples from the web for representational
  • Language is representational, not reality in itself.
  • In the first, which lasted barely a year, sacred practices and ritual objects were often depicted in a representational style.
  • Any character or object can be imbued with significance or representational value.
  • Any representational image would have been tiresomely dissected for meanings religious, political, symbolic.
British Dictionary definitions for representational

representational

/ˌrɛprɪzɛnˈteɪʃənəl/
adjective
1.
(fine arts) depicting or attempting to depict objects, scenes, figures, etc, directly as seen; naturalistic
2.
of or relating to representation
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Word Origin and History for representational
adj.

1855, from representation + -al (1). Specifically of visual arts from 1923. Related: Representationally.

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