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[adj] (grammar) describing the structure of a language; "descriptive linguistics simply describes language"
[adj] serving to describe or inform or characterized by description; "the descriptive variable"; "a descriptive passage"
[adj] concerned with phenomena (especially language) at a particular period without considering historical antecedents; "synchronic linguistics"; "descriptive linguistics"



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synchronal, synchronous

Misc. Definitions

\De*scrip"tive\, a. [L. descriptivus: cf. F. descriptif.] 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. {Descriptive anatomy}, that part of anatomy which treats of the forms and relations of parts, but not of their textures. {Descriptive geometry}, that branch of geometry. which treats of the graphic solution of problems involving three dimensions, by means of projections upon auxiliary planes. --Davies & Peck (Math. Dict. ) -- {De*scrip"tive*ly}, adv. -- {De*scrip"tive*ness}, n.

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