Definition of illustrative in English:

illustrative

adjective

  • 1Serving as an example or explanation.

    ‘this timetable is provided for illustrative purposes only’
    • ‘His concluding paragraph is illustrative of his straightforward and rational approach.’
    • ‘The recent Republican and Democratic party conventions were illustrative of big money's presence in the major parties.’
    • ‘This is illustrative of the adverse impact of the anti-globalization demonstrations.’
    • ‘Still, it doesn't hurt and it's illustrative of the problem the administration is having with its base.’
    • ‘The following is illustrative of the comments made by several participants.’
    • ‘And your view of this war is illustrative of who you really are.’
    • ‘This is illustrative of the absence of an integrated multi-modal public transport plan.’
    • ‘Both are interesting, and illustrative of why I won't live in that state.’
    • ‘The quotations presented in the findings section were selected as illustrative of these teenagers' comments on each topic.’
    • ‘Both examples are illustrative of the problems which arise because organizations, including banks, must of their nature act through human agents.’
    • ‘The experience of a friend, a professor at a Malaysian university, is illustrative of this climate.’
    • ‘So it is not illustrative of the general problem.’
    • ‘The exhibition is also illustrative of how computer software could be used to creatively embellish digital photographs.’
    • ‘This is illustrative of the problem with a missile defense: The threat can come from elsewhere.’
    • ‘The proposed implementation of Gigabit Ethernet is illustrative of conventional network architecture design.’
    • ‘They're seen as too important to ditch - and that's illustrative of the way universities view their students.’
    • ‘And the process is illustrative of how organized they are, what kind of things they value, how careful they are.’
    • ‘This approach can still be seen in the work of those who use artifactual evidence as primarily illustrative of a prior and textual history.’
    • ‘If the show is unfocused, the individual works will merely be illustrative of a topic, rather than adding up to some sort of statement.’
    • ‘Accordingly, we may ignore these texts and move to others that are regarded as illustrative of Jesus' egalitarian program.’
    exemplifying, explanatory, explaining, elucidatory, elucidative, explicative, expository, interpretative, illuminative, exegetic
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  • 2Relating to pictorial illustration.

    ‘the illustrative arts’
    • ‘As my background in art was more technical and illustrative, I had little understanding or awareness of how to express myself through painting and drawing.’
    • ‘Loans of photographs and other illustrative items are being sought to accompany the displays of Silsden's old industries.’
    • ‘The whole makes a modern illustrative art of incomparable richness, even though it lacks coherence.’
    • ‘Generously scattered throughout the book are photographs, reproductions of song sheets, maps and other illustrative matter.’
    • ‘I found myself confused by non-Target imagery in 4c, photographic and illustrative.’
    • ‘His photographs are an illustrative depiction of the scene specifically shot for particular assignments.’
    • ‘Present day photographs are excellent too, with most approaching ‘art’ and not just illustrative.’
    • ‘We encourage you to submit supporting photos, data tables and illustrative graphics.’
    • ‘Case studies, expert spokespeople and illustrative photographs are available on request.’
    • ‘Fox does as well but she is more centre stage and her actual picture appears in various illustrative photographs on the cover and within the book.’
    • ‘These paintings of the 18th Century portray the richness and exuberance of illustrative art in those times.’

Pronunciation

illustrative

/ɪˈlʌstrətɪv//ˈɪləstrətɪv/