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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Descriptive  \De*scrip"tive\,  a.  [L.  descriptivus:  cf  F. 
  descriptif.] 
  Tending  to  describe;  having  the  quality  of  representing; 
  containing  description;  as  a  descriptive  figure;  a 
  descriptive  phrase;  a  descriptive  narration;  a  story 
  descriptive  of  the  age. 
 
  {Descriptive  anatomy},  that  part  of  anatomy  which  treats  of 
  the  forms  and  relations  of  parts  but  not  of  their 
  textures. 
 
  {Descriptive  geometry},  that  branch  of  geometry.  which  treats 
  of  the  graphic  solution  of  problems  involving  three 
  dimensions,  by  means  of  projections  upon  auxiliary  planes. 
  --Davies  &  Peck  (Math.  Dict.  )  --  {De*scrip"tive*ly},  adv 
  --  {De*scrip"tive*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  descriptive 
  adj  1:  serving  to  describe  or  inform  or  characterized  by 
  description;  "the  descriptive  variable";  "a 
  descriptive  passage"  [ant:  {undescriptive}] 
  2:  concerned  with  phenomena  (especially  language)  at  a 
  particular  period  without  considering  historical 
  antecedents;  "synchronic  linguistics";  "descriptive 
  linguistics"  [syn:  {synchronic}]  [ant:  {diachronic}] 
  3:  (grammar)  describing  the  structure  of  a  language; 
  "descriptive  linguistics  simply  describes  language"  [ant: 
  {prescriptive}] 




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