From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Representative \Rep`re*sent"a*tive\, n. [Cf. LL.
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   1. One who, or that which, represents (anything); that which
      exhibits a likeness or similitude.
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            A statute of Rumor, whispering an idiot in the ear,
            who was the representative of Credulity. --Addison.
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            Difficulty must cumber this doctrine which supposes
            that the perfections of God are the representatives
            to us of whatever we perceive in the creatures.
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   2. An agent, deputy, or substitute, who supplies the place of
      another, or others, being invested with his or their
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   3. (Law) One who represents, or stands in the place of,
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   Note: The executor or administrator is ordinarily held to be
         the representative of a deceased person, and is
         sometimes called the legal representative, or the
         personal representative. The heir is sometimes called
         the real representative of his deceased ancestor. The
         heirs and executors or administrators of a deceased
         person are sometimes compendiously described as his
         real and personal representatives. --Wharton. Burrill.
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   4. A member of the lower or popular house in a State
      legislature, or in the national Congress. [U.S.]
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   5. (Nat.Hist.)
      (a) That which presents the full character of the type of
          a group.
      (b) A species or variety which, in any region, takes the
          place of a similar one in another region.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Representative \Rep`re*sent"a*tive\ (-z?nt`?-t?v), a. [Cf. F.
   1. Fitted to represent; exhibiting a similitude.
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   2. Bearing the character or power of another; acting for
      another or others; as, a council representative of the
      people. --Swift.
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   3. Conducted by persons chosen to represent, or act as
      deputies for, the people; as, a representative government.
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   4. (Nat.Hist.)
      (a) Serving or fitted to present the full characters of
          the type of a group; typical; as, a representative
          genus in a family.
      (b) Similar in general appearance, structure, and habits,
          but living in different regions; -- said of certain
          species and varieties.
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   5. (Metaph.) Giving, or existing as, a transcript of what was
      originally presentative knowledge; as, representative
      faculties; representative knowledge. See Presentative, 3
      and Represent, 8.
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