full of ; meaningful:
an expressive shrug.
serving to ; indicative of power to :
a look expressive of gratitude.
of, relating to, or concerned with :
Dance is a highly expressive art.
Sociology. (of a crowd or group) engaging in nonpurposeful activity of an expressive and often rhythmic nature, as weeping, dancing, or shouting.
Compare (def 15), (def 2).
Linguistics. of or relating to forms in which sounds denote a semantic field directly and nonarbitrarily, through sound symbolism based, to some degree, on synesthesia, as observable in onomatopoeia, rhyming and gradational compounds, and emotionally charged words such as hypocoristics and pejoratives.
Bitcoin serves a purpose that is at once expressive and purposeful.
Bitcoin Forever! Nick Gillespie February 26, 2014
But he has since embraced his true nature—weird, provocative, expressive—with confidence.
John Mayer: Artist or Clown? Erin Carlson November 17, 2009
“I run out of [the suite],” Diallo said in basic but expressive English.
DSK Maid Breaks Her Silence John Solomon, Christopher Dickey July 23, 2011
I was shocked to see him, but I knew I could tell the story through his beautiful, expressive eyes.
The Agony of Syria’s Children Jamie Dettmer March 31, 2013
Immigrants can claim the virtues of their different languages—colorful, expressive, carrying a long history of rich culture.
How Gay Liberation Got Marriage Passed in Maryland and Maine Linda Hirshman November 6, 2012
“Restez tranquilles,” he says to the jeerers, with expressive and emphatic forefinger leveled at the group.
Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 15, No. 90, June, 1875 Various
The limbs are heavy, and the face large and expressive of great complacency.
The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
When they learned the manner in which we came by the horse, their countenances were expressive of real sorrow.
Early Western Travels 1748-1846 Various
Beatrice, who had been silent for some time, looked up then with expressive eyes.
Earl Hubert’s Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
His features were well formed, and his large dark eyes were very bright and expressive.
The Freedmen’s Book Lydia Maria Child
of, involving, or full of expression
(postpositive) foll by of. indicative or suggestive (of): a look expressive of love
having a particular meaning, feeling, or force; significant
c.1400, “tending to press out,” from French expressif, from expres “clear, plain,” from stem of Latin exprimere (see express (v.)). Meaning “full of expression” is from 1680s. Related: Expressively; expressiveness.
a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not: the traditional family. a social unit consisting of one or more adults together with the children they care for: a single-parent family. the children of one person or one couple collectively: We want a large family. […]
(sometimes initial capital letter) a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism. (sometimes initial capital letter) the philosophy, principles, or methods of fascism. (initial capital letter) a political movement that employs the principles and methods […]
a person who believes in or sympathizes with . (often initial capital letter) a member of a fascist movement or party. a person who is dictatorial or has extreme right-wing views. Also, fascistic [fuh-shis-tik] /fəˈʃɪs tɪk/ (Show IPA). of or like or fascists. Contemporary Examples The “fascist rule” Miller wrote about was the U.S. government—and […]
a prevailing custom or style of dress, etiquette, socializing, etc.: the latest fashion in dresses. conventional usage in dress, manners, etc., especially of polite society, or conformity to it: the dictates of fashion; to be out of fashion. manner; way; mode: in a warlike fashion. the make or form of anything: He liked the fashion […]