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  • of, or relating to 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
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



De*scrip"tive (?), a. [L. descriptivus: cf. F. descriptif.] Tending to describe; having the quality of representing; containing description; as, a descriptive figure; a descriptive phrase; a descriptive narration; a story descriptive of the age.

Descriptive anatomy, that part of anatomy which treats of the forms and relations of parts, but not of their textures. -- Descriptive geometry, that branch of geometry. which treats of the graphic solution of problems involving three dimensions, by means of projections upon auxiliary planes.Davies & Peck (Math. Dict. )

-- De*scrip"tive*ly, adv. -- De*scrip"tive*ness, n.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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