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adjective representative pronunciation in British English /ˌreprɪˈzentətɪv/
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  1. 1
    typical of people or things in a particular group
    representative of:

    The Dow Jones Index is not necessarily representative of the whole of corporate America.

    truly/genuinely representative:

    The study was carried out in one small town, so we can’t be sure that the results are truly representative.

    a representative sample/selection:

    The new figures are based on a representative sample of 91 hospitals nationwide.

  2. 2
    a representative form of government is one in which people vote for politicians who represent their opinions

    a representative council/democracy

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