Definition of expressive in English:


Syllabification: ex·pres·sive
Pronunciation: /ikˈspresiv


1Effectively conveying thought or feeling.
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  • Bertie gave an expressive grunt, which conveyed his opinion that there was no accounting for tastes.
  • Sometimes the effects are so expressive you can't believe chance did this.
  • As passionate and expressive as she is in her acting roles, as an interviewee she can be extremely difficult.
eloquent, meaningful, demonstrative, suggestive
emotional, full of emotion/feeling, passionate, poignant, moving, stirring, evocative, powerful, emotionally charged
1.1 [predicative] (expressive of) Conveying (the specified quality or idea): the spires are expressive of religious aspiration
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  • His ideas are no more expressive of sophistic thought than of some very ancient Greek traditions.
  • That idea of communality is not expressive of contemporary experience.
  • Note her definition of art as ‘the practice of creating perceptible forms expressive of human feeling.’
indicative, demonstrative, revealing


late Middle English (in the sense 'tending to press out'): from French expressif, -ive or medieval Latin expressivus, from exprimere 'press out' (see express3). Compare with express1.



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  • The two women were engaged in animated conversation, the younger one gesturing expressively with well-tended hands and long-manicured fingers.
  • It made it possible for him to reinvent the face before him, depicting expressively, through curves and angles, the way the subject felt to him.
  • String players slid expressively from one note to the next - portamento, the style was called - in imitation of the slide of the voice.


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  • Her beautiful looks and elegant acting were matched by rich tone, expressiveness, and virtuoso technique, which can be heard in her recordings.
  • We need to approach multimedia presentations with a sense of artistic expressiveness.
  • One of her ambitions as a young artist was to create on canvas the sweeping expressiveness of music, its ability to shift agilely from joyous to sorrowful to triumphant.


Pronunciation: /ˌekspreˈsivitē/
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  • For me, the balance between power and expressivity seems just right.
  • Young girls typically play with one or two other girls in activities that foster their ‘learning emotional skills of empathy, emotional self-awareness, and emotional expressivity.’
  • The differences might arise from variations in expressivity of these morphological traits in the populations.

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