1typical of a class, group, or body of opinion:Churchill was not properly representative of influential opinion in Britain
containing typical examples of many or all types:a representative sample of young people in Scotland
2(of a legislative assembly or deliberative body) consisting of people chosen to act and speak on behalf of a wider group:the new government lacked a representative assemblythere was no representative body to fight for cricketers until 1968
(of a government or political system) based on elected or chosen representatives:free elections and representative democracy
3serving as a portrayal or symbol of something:the show would be more representative of how women really are
(of art) representational:the bust involves a high degree of representative abstraction
4 Philosophy 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:a sales representative for Norwich Union
an employee of a travel company who lives in a resort and looks after the needs of its holidaymakers:make your own way to the Valley Inn, where you will be contacted by our tour representative
a person chosen or elected to speak and act on behalf of others in a legislative assembly or deliberative body:the District of Columbia’s representative in Congressthe Cambodian representative to the UN
a delegate who attends a conference, negotiations, etc., so as to represent the interests of another person or group:a PLO representative attending a meeting in Damascus
a person who takes the place of another on an official occasion:the Duke of Gloucester would attend the coronation as the representative of his father, King George V
2an example of a class or group:fossil representatives of lampreys and hagfishes
Remember that representative has -tat- before the ending -ive.