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[in-tur-pri-tiv] /ɪnˈtɜr prɪ tɪv/

serving to ; explanatory.
deduced by .
made because of :
an interpretive distortion of language.
of or relating to those arts that require an intermediary, as a performer, for realization, as in music or theater.
offering , explanations, or guidance, as through lectures, brochures, or films:
the museum’s interpretive center.

1670s, from interpret + -ive; also see interpretative. Listed by Fowler among the words “that for one reason or another should not have been brought into existence.”


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