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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Involving or characterized by description; serving to describe.
  • adjective Concerned with classification or description.
  • adjective Expressing an attribute of the modified noun, as green in green grass. Used of an adjective or adjectival clause.
  • adjective Nonrestrictive.
  • adjective Linguistics Of or relating to the study or the description of a language or a specific stage of a language, with emphasis on constructing a grammar without regard to historical development, comparison with other languages, or advocated norms for correct or proper usage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In geometry: Pertaining to the projective methods of Monge.
  • Not containing the idea of quantity or measurement.
  • Containing description; serving or aiming to describe; having the quality of representing: as, a descriptive diagram; a descriptive narration.
  • Milit., a short military history of each enlisted man, with a description of his person, and an abstract of his account with the government.
  • in geometry, usually defined to be a property or proposition which can be stated without introducing the idea of magnitude. But it would be better to say that it is a property or proposition which relates to the incidence or coincidence of points, lines, and other geometrical elements, in general, or that it is one which does not depend upon the particular system of measurement adopted. Thus, the proposition that two triangles are equal if a side and two angles of the one are equal to the corresponding side and angles of the other, may be regarded as descriptive; while the proposition that through any point in space a single parallel to a given line can be drawn, is indisputably metrical, not descriptive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Tending to describe; having the quality of representing; containing description
  • adjective that part of anatomy which treats of the forms and relations of parts, but not of their textures.
  • adjective that branch of geometry. which treats of the graphic solution of problems involving three dimensions, by means of projections upon auxiliary planes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, or relating to description.
  • adjective grammar Of an adjective, stating an attribute of the associated noun (as heavy in the heavy dictionary).
  • adjective linguistics Describing the structure, grammar, vocabulary and actual use of a language.
  • adjective sciences, philosophy Describing and seeking to classify, as opposed to normative or prescriptive.
  • noun grammar An adjective (or other descriptive word)

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

  • adjective describing the structure of a language
  • adjective serving to describe or inform or characterized by description

Etymologies

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From Latin dēscriptīvus ("containing a full description")

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