Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Acting or serving as an illustration.

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  • adj. Demonstrative, exemplative, showing an example or demonstrating.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending or designed to illustrate, exemplify, or elucidate.
  • adj. Making illustrious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to illustrate.
  • Tending to make glorious or illustrious; honorific.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. serving to demonstrate
  • adj. clarifying by use of examples

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Examples

  • MCINTYRE: In the memo, Rumsfeld ruminated about, but stopped short of recommending some radical ideas, which he called illustrative options, such as having U.S. troops only patrol where they are welcome and withholding aid from violent areas of Iraq, the kind of tough-love approach advocated by some of Rumsfeld's political adversaries.

    CNN Transcript Dec 4, 2006

  • MCINTYRE: In the memo, Rumsfeld ruminated about but stopped short of recommending some radical ideas which he called illustrative options, such as having U.S. troops only patrol where they are welcome and withholding aid from violent areas of Iraq.

    CNN Transcript Dec 4, 2006

  • MCINTYRE: In the memo, Rumsfeld ruminated about, but stopped short of recommending, some radical ideas, which he called illustrative options, such as having U.S. troops only patrol where they are welcome and withholding aid from violent areas of Iraq, the kind of tough-love approach advocated by some of Rumsfeld's political adversaries.

    CNN Transcript Dec 4, 2006

  • Again, he lists these as all, what he calls illustrative options and doesn't endorse any of them.

    CNN Transcript Dec 4, 2006

  • The next stop was Lake City, -- a name illustrative of Californian megalomania; for the lake, long since gone dry, was merely an artificial reservoir to supply a neighboring mine, and the city was a collection of half a dozen buildings including a store and a hotel.

    Forty-one Thieves A Tale of California

  • The works mentioned contain illustrative examples of many forms of sabotage; slowing up work, while keeping on the job; putting preparations in steam boilers to prevent their efficient operation; sand and emery dust in machinery to make it slow down or cease running.

    A Pernicious Propaganda

  • Caesar are largely made up of what one might term illustrative fictions rather than actual facts.

    Vanishing Roads and Other Essays

  • At all events, it does his fame no great harm, unlike another calumny, which, as it does not seem "illustrative" -- that is, not in keeping with his general character -- we are at liberty to reject.

    Vanishing Roads and Other Essays

  • "It would seem the Lib Dems 'support for law and order is purely' illustrative '- just as it was when they used a fake nurse to promote their claims of support for the NHS."

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  • Indeed, his answer to the king is itself an analogy, or at least an illustrative example (the Chinese word for

    School of Names

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