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representativenoun [C]

 us   /ˌrep·rɪˈzen·tə·t̬ɪv/
politics & government (also Representative) (abbreviation Rep.) a member of the US House of Representatives; a congressman or congresswoman

representative noun [C] (ACT FOR)

a person who represents another person or a group: The company has representatives in most European capitals. politics & government A representative is also a member of a law-making group.

representativeadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˌrep·rɪˈzen·tə·t̬ɪv/

representative adjective [not gradable] (DESCRIBE)

serving to describe, esp. a larger group of the same type: A good political poll is based on a representative sampling of voters.
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