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interpretative Line breaks: in¦ter¦pret|ative
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtəːprɪtətɪv/
(also interpretive)

Definition of interpretative in English:


Relating to or providing an interpretation: activities designed to reinforce students' interpretative skills
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  • Experience has shown that ampelography is a field of systematic botany requiring very specialized skills and interpretative ability, as well as an extraordinary memory.
  • However, taking nothing for granted, and in part because of some of the difficulties I at first encountered, I have been energetic in seeking to extend the range of my interpretative skills.
  • Moreover, once they are collected, considerable interpretative skill is required to ascertain the meaning of the materials that have been uncovered.



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  • How do we understand and evaluate the characters of Richard and Bolingbroke, and which one are we supposed to ally ourselves with interpretively, and why?
  • Teachings such as these should be taken only interpretively, not definitively.
  • Second, the dialogues themselves are extremely varied and interpretatively often quite open.

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