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Latin d?script?vus ("containing a full description")
descriptive (comparative more descriptive, superlative most descriptive)
- Of, relating to, or providing a description.
- (grammar) Of an adjective, stating an attribute of the associated noun (as heavy in the heavy dictionary).
- (linguistics) Describing the structure, grammar, vocabulary and actual use of a language.
- (sciences, philosophy) Describing and seeking to classify, as opposed to normative or prescriptive.
2012 March-April, John T. Jost, "Social Justice: Is It in Our Nature (and Our Future)?", in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 162:
He draws eclectically on studies of baboons, descriptive anthropological accounts of hunter-gatherer societies and, in a few cases, the fossil record.
of, or relating to description
stating an attribute to associated noun
describing and seeking to classify
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descriptive (plural descriptives)
- (grammar) An adjective (or other descriptive word)
- feminine singular of descriptif