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de·scrip·tive / diˈskriptiv/ • adj. 1. serving or seeking to describe. ∎  Gram. (of an adjective) assigning a quality rather than restricting the application of the expression modified, e.g., blue as distinct from few.2. describing or classifying without expressing feelings or judging. ∎  Linguistics denoting or relating to an approach to language analysis that describes accents, forms, structures, and usage without making value judgments. Often contrasted with prescriptive.DERIVATIVES: de·scrip·tive·ly·scrip·tive·ness n.