rep·re·sen·ta·tive / ˌrepriˈzentətiv/ • adj. 1. typical of a class, group, or body of opinion: these courses are representative of those taken by most Harvard undergraduates. ∎ containing typical examples of many or all types: a representative sample of young people in the South. 2. (of a legislative or deliberative assembly) consisting of people chosen to act and speak on behalf of a wider group. ∎ (of a government or political system) based on representation of the people by such deputies: free elections and representative democracy. 3. serving as a portrayal or symbol of something: the show should be more representative of how women really are. ∎ (of art) representational: the bust involves a high degree of representative abstraction. 4. Philos. of or relating to mental representation. • n. 1. a person chosen or appointed to act or speak for another or others, in particular: ∎ an agent of a firm who travels to potential clients to sell its products. ∎ an employee of a travel company who looks after the needs of its vacationing clients. ∎ a person chosen or elected to speak and act on behalf of others in a legislative assembly or deliberative body. ∎ a delegate who attends a conference, negotiations, legal hearing, etc., so as to represent the interests of another person or group. ∎ a person who takes the place of another on a ceremonial or official occasion. 2. an example of a class or group: fossil representatives of lampreys and hagfishes. DERIVATIVES: rep·re·sent·a·tive·ly adv. rep·re·sent·a·tive·ness n.
"representative." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. (August 18, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/representative
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An individual who stands in the place of another.
With respect to constitutional law, a representative is an individual chosen by the electorate to serve as its spokesperson in a legislative body, such as the Senate or House of Representatives.
A personal representative is an individual who is named in a will, or appointed by a probate court, to supervise the distribution of property remaining after another individual's death.
"Representative." West's Encyclopedia of American Law. . Encyclopedia.com. (August 18, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/law/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/representative
"Representative." West's Encyclopedia of American Law. . Retrieved August 18, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/law/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/representative