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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Representative  \Rep`re*sent"a*tive\  (-z?nt`?-t?v),  a.  [Cf.  F. 
  1.  Fitted  to  represent;  exhibiting  a  similitude. 
  2.  Bearing  the  character  or  power  of  another;  acting  for 
  another  or  others  as  a  council  representative  of  the 
  people.  --Swift. 
  3.  Conducted  by  persons  chosen  to  represent,  or  act  as 
  deputies  for  the  people;  as  a  representative  government. 
  4.  (Nat.Hist.) 
  a  Serving  or  fitted  to  present  the  full  characters  of 
  the  type  of  a  group  typical;  as  a  representative 
  genus  in  a  family. 
  b  Similar  in  general  appearance,  structure,  and  habits, 
  but  living  in  different  regions;  --  said  of  certain 
  species  and  varieties. 
  5.  (Metaph.)  Giving,  or  existing  as  a  transcript  of  what  was 
  originally  presentative  knowledge;  as  representative 
  faculties;  representative  knowledge.  See  {Presentative},  3 
  and  {Represent},  8. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Representative  \Rep`re*sent"a*tive\,  n.  [Cf.  LL 
  1.  One  who  or  that  which  represents  (anything);  that  which 
  exhibits  a  likeness  or  similitude. 
  A  statute  of  Rumor,  whispering  an  idiot  in  the  ear, 
  who  was  the  representative  of  Credulity.  --Addison. 
  Difficulty  must  cumber  this  doctrine  which  supposes 
  that  the  perfections  of  God  are  the  representatives 
  to  us  of  whatever  we  perceive  in  the  creatures. 
  2.  An  agent,  deputy,  or  substitute,  who  supplies  the  place  of 
  another,  or  others  being  invested  with  his  or  their 
  3.  (Law)  One  who  represents,  or  stands  in  the  place  of 
  Note:  The  executor  or  administrator  is  ordinarily  held  to  be 
  the  representative  of  a  deceased  person,  and  is 
  sometimes  called  the  legal  representative,  or  the 
  personal  representative.  The  heir  is  sometimes  called 
  the  real  representative  of  his  deceased  ancestor.  The 
  heirs  and  executors  or  administrators  of  a  deceased 
  person  are  sometimes  compendiously  described  as  his 
  real  and  personal  representatives.  --Wharton.  Burrill 
  4.  A  member  of  the  lower  or  popular  house  in  a  State 
  legislature,  or  in  the  national  Congress.  [U.S.] 
  5.  (Nat.Hist.) 
  a  That  which  presents  the  full  character  of  the  type  of 
  a  group 
  b  A  species  or  variety  which  in  any  region,  takes  the 
  place  of  a  similar  one  in  another  region. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  serving  to  represent  or  typify;  "representative  moviegoers"; 
  "a  representative  modern  play" 
  2:  standing  for  something  else;  "the  bald  eagle  is 
  representative  of  the  United  States"  [ant:  {nonrepresentative}] 
  3:  being  or  characteristic  of  government  by  representation  in 
  which  citizens  exercise  power  through  elected  officers  and 
  representatives;  "representative  government  as  defined  by 
  Abraham  Lincoln  is  government  of  the  people,  by  the 
  people,  for  the  people" 
  n  1:  a  person  who  represents  others 
  2:  an  advocate  who  represents  someone  else's  policy  or  purpose; 
  "the  meeting  was  attended  by  spokespersons  for  all  the 
  major  organs  of  government"  [syn:  {spokesperson},  {interpreter}, 
  3:  a  member  of  the  US  House  of  Representatives  [syn:  {congressman}, 
  4:  a  single  item  of  information  that  is  representative  of  a 
  type  "this  patient  provides  a  typical  example  of  the 
  syndrome";  "there  is  a  good  example  on  page  10"  [syn:  {example}, 
  {illustration},  {instance}] 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  REPRESENTATIVE,  n.  In  national  politics,  a  member  of  the  Lower  House 
  in  this  world,  and  without  discernible  hope  of  promotion  in  the  next 

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