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representational Line breaks: rep¦re¦sen|ta¦tion¦al
Pronunciation: /ˌrɛprɪzɛnˈteɪʃ(ə)n(ə)l/

Definition of representational in English:


1Relating to or characterized by representation: representational democracy
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  • There are definitely countries - and again, South Africa, representational democracy, rather than direct vote, has a strong legacy in a lot of countries.
  • But such a representational appropriation can hardly compete with the occupation of geographical space by the formidable Israeli Defense Force.
  • They acknowledged the achievements of their predecessors and colleagues in the articulation of objects with no representational agenda, viewed as things in themselves.
1.1Relating to or denoting art which aims to depict the physical appearance of things: the abstract and representational elements in the same picture Contrasted with abstract.
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  • I'm thinking specifically about his emphasis on distortions within structuring elements of physical and representational space.
  • Like the most diaphanous works by Turner or Rothko, it suggests representational elements, yet one is hard-pressed to discern any in the image.
  • In this solo show, David Baerwalde departed from a 10-year practice of focusing his paintings and sculptures on clearly representational elements.



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  • The humour may be quintessentially eighteenth-century, but, representationally, these sheets not only look back to Mantegna but forward to Degas.
  • By building swirling drones upon a staple of the classical repertoire, Eno representationally strips music of its functionality - the classic tension and resolution of one chord moving toward the next.
  • Fasb contends that the change is critical to restore investor and public confidence in corporate reporting by showing information that is ‘unbiased, verifiable, and more representationally faithful.’

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