From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Descriptive \De*scrip"tive\, a. [L. descriptivus: cf. F.
   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.
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   Descriptive anatomy, that part of anatomy which treats of
      the forms and relations of parts, but not of their

   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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