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representative

noun [C] uk   /ˌrep.rɪˈzen.tə.tɪv/ us    /-t̬ə.t̬ɪv/
B2 someone who speaks or does something officially for another person or group of people: The firm has two representatives in every European city. Representative someone who has been elected to the US House of Representatives

representative

adjective uk   /ˌrep.rɪˈzen.tə.tɪv/ us    /-t̬ə.t̬ɪv/

representative adjective (TYPICAL)

typical of, or the same as, others in a larger group of people or things: Are your views/opinions representative of all the workers here? a representative sample/cross-section/selection

representative adjective (ACTING FOR)

A representative system of government is one in which people vote for politicians to represent them.
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