representative


representative
representative (adj.) "serving to represent," late 14c., from O.Fr. representatif (early 14c.), from M.L. repræsentativus, from L. repræsentare (see REPRESENT (Cf. represent)), Meaning "standing for others" is from 1620s; in the political sense of "holding the place of the people in the government, having citizens represented by chosen persons" is first recorded 1620s. Noun use first recorded 1640s; first used 1690s in noun sense of "member of a legislative body."

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