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Adjective representative has 3 senses
  1. representative - serving to represent or typify; "representative moviegoers"; "a representative modern play"
    atypical, untypical (indirect, via typical)
  2. representative - standing for something else; "the bald eagle is representative of the United States"
    nonrepresentative, unsymbolic
  3. representative - being or characteristic of government by representation in which citizens exercise power through elected officers and representatives; "representative government as defined by Abraham Lincoln is government of the people, by the people, for the people"
    undemocratic (indirect, via democratic)
Noun representative has 4 senses
  1. representative - a person who represents others
    --1 is a kind of
    negotiator, negotiant, treater
    --1 has particulars:
     agent; alderman; assemblyman; assemblywoman; contact, middleman; delegate; emissary, envoy; head of state, chief of state; personal representative; resident commissioner; union representative
  2. spokesperson, interpreter, representative, voice - an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose; "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government"
    --2 is a kind of advocate, advocator, proponent, exponent
    --2 has particulars:
     ambassador; flak catcher, flak, flack catcher, flack; mouthpiece, mouth; spokesman; spokeswoman; traveling salesman, travelling salesman, commercial traveler, commercial traveller, roadman, bagman
  3. congressman, congresswoman, representative - a member of the United States House of Representatives
    --3 is a kind of legislator
    --3 has particulars: rep
  4. example, illustration, instance, representative - an item of information that is representative of a type; "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"; "there is an example on page 10"
    --4 is a kind of information
    --4 has particulars:
     apology, excuse; exception; precedent, case in point; quintessence; sample; specimen
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