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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EXPRESSIVE

He was handsome and possessed a most intelligent and expressive countenance.

Sallie looked, and drew in her breath with a long, expressive "O-h!"

I never shall forget her face, it was so expressive of despair.

The language in question may be considered as expressive of self-dedication.

He was interrupted by the low but expressive "hugh" of Uncas.

Stella was slight and fair, with blue eyes that were rather hard but expressive.

Then she raised her eyes to his face, which was not expressive of anything in particular.

Then he made a gesture of quiet disdain, expressive of all he left unsaid.

She had expressive eyes, and they now flashed almost angrily.

At times she certainly has a most expressive and intelligent countenance.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "tending to press out," from French expressif, from expres "clear, plain," from stem of Latin exprimere (see express (v.)). Meaning "full of expression" is from 1680s. Related: Expressively; expressiveness.

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