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1typical of a class, group, or body of opinion:these courses are representative of those taken by most Harvard undergraduates containing typical examples of many or all types:a representative sample of young people in the South 2(of a legislative or deliberative assembly) consisting of people chosen to act and speak on behalf of a wider group. (of a government or political system) based on elected representatives:free elections and representative democracy 3serving as a portrayal or symbol of something:the show should be more representative of how women really are (of art) representational:the bust involves a high degree of representative abstraction 4 Philosophy of or relating to mental representation.
1a person chosen or appointed to act or speak for another or others, in particular. an agent of a firm who travels to potential clients to sell its products. an employee of a travel company who looks after the needs of its vacationing clients. a person chosen or elected to speak and act on behalf of others in a legislative assembly or deliberative body. a delegate who attends a conference, negotiations, legal hearing, etc., so as to represent the interests of another person or group. a person who takes the place of another on a ceremonial or official occasion. 2an example of a class or group:fossil representatives of lampreys and hagfishes
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