What is representative?

  • (adj): Serving to represent or typify.
    Example: "Representative moviegoers"; "a representative modern play"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on representative:

Liberal Democracy - Issues and Criticism - Majoritarianism
... could apply to both direct democracy or representative democracy ... It is argued by some that in representative democracies this minority makes the majority of the policies and potentially oppresses the minority or even the majority in the name of ... In prosperous western representative democracies, the poor form a minority of the population, and may not have the power to use the state to initiate redistribution when a majority of the electorate opposes ...

More definitions of "representative":

  • (adj): Standing for something else.
    Example: "The bald eagle is representative of the United States"
  • (noun): A person who represents others.
  • (adj): Being or characteristic of government by representation in which citizens exercise power through elected officers and representatives.
    Example: "Representative government as defined by Abraham Lincoln is government of the people, by the people, for the people"