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Dictionary definition for: Representative

1. (n) a person who represents others

2. (s) serving to represent or typify; "representative moviegoers" "a representative modern play"

3. (n) an advocate who represents someone else''s policy or purpose; "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government"

4. (a) standing for something else; "the bald eagle is representative of the United States"

5. (n) a member of the United States House of Representatives

6. (s) being or characteristic of government by representation in which citizens exercise power through elected officers and representatives; "representative government as defined by Abraham Lincoln is government of the people, by the people, for the people"

7. (n) an item of information that is representative of a type; "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome" "there is an example on page 10"

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