from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Of, relating to, or characterized by expression.
- adjective Serving to express or indicate meaning or feeling.
- adjective Showing or communicating meaning or feeling effectively.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Full of expression; forcibly expressing or clearly representing; significant.
- Serving to express, utter, or represent: followed by of: as, a look expressive of gratitude.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Serving to express, utter, or represent; indicative; communicative; -- followed by
- adjective Full of expression; vividly representing the meaning or feeling meant to be conveyed; significant; emphatic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Effectively
conveying thoughtor feeling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective characterized by expression
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Given that the state being articulated is not strictly necessarily emotional, other linguists prefer the term expressive, so that's what I'll run with.
In this case our ordinary system of habits -- those which we call expressive of our "real selves" -- inhibit or quench (keep inactive or partially inactive) those habits and instinctive tendencies which belong largely in the past.
And that the literal signification has not altogether been lost in the spiritual and metaphorical use of it, as a term expressive of religious experience, is quite plain from many of the cases in which it occurs.
In its place in the brain it is like a book in a library; and as the book offers on its back a title expressive of its contents, so we label each convolution with its proper title.
Will any of your correspondents be good enough to explain the circumstances which gave rise to the adoption of "farina" as a term expressive of baseness and disparagement?
FOUTRE, _s. _ a term expressive of the greatest contempt.
We are almost afraid to say what Mr. Waffles 'means were, but we really believe, at the time he came of age, that he had 100,000_l. _ in the funds, which were nearly at' par '-- a term expressive of each hundred being worth a hundred, and not eighty-nine or ninety pounds as is now the case, which makes a considerable difference in the melting.
On the other hand, if the husband would secure a cheerful obedience, and cherish, instead of spoil, an amiable temper, or regulate a peevish one, let his wishes be reasonable in themselves, and uttered without a look or a term expressive of an insolent consciousness of superiority.
Those learned and able divines began their labours by arranging, in the most systematic order, the various great and sacred truths which God has revealed to man; and then reduced these to thirty-two distinct heads or chapters, each having a title expressive of its subject.
` awful 'woman, _I_ should say; that's only a term expressive of a different kind of admiration.