Tending to describe; having the quality of representing; containing description; as, a descriptive figure; a descriptive phrase; a descriptive narration; a story descriptive of the age.
- Involving or characterized by description; serving to describe.
- Concerned with classification or description: a descriptive science.
- Grammar Expressing an attribute of the modified noun, as green in green grass. Used of an adjective or adjectival clause.
- Grammar Nonrestrictive.
- Linguistics Of or relating to the study or the description of a language or a specific stage of a language, with emphasis on constructing a grammar without regard to historical development, comparison with other languages, or advocated norms for correct or proper usage.