Representation vs Representativeness - What's the difference?

representation | representativeness |

As nouns the difference between representation and representativeness

is that representation is representation while representativeness is the state or quality of being accurately representative of something.


Alternative forms

* (archaic)


(en noun)
  • That which represents another.
  • (legal) The lawyers and staff who argue on behalf of another in court.
  • (politics) The ability to elect a representative to speak on one's behalf in government; the role of this representative in government.
  • (mathematics) An object that describes an abstract group in terms of linear transformations of vector spaces.
  • A figure, image or idea that substitutes reality.
  • A theatrical performance.
  • Quotations

    * 1637 , , final sentence *: Live, ?weet Lord, to be the honour of your name, and receive this as your own, from the hands of him, who hath by many favours beene long obliged to your mo?t honoured parents, and as in this repræ?entation your attendant Thyr?is , ?o now in all reall expre??ion
    Your faithfull and mo?t humble Servant,
    H. Lawes.d




  • The state or quality of being accurately representative of something.
  • *2001 , Sydney I. Landau, Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography , Cambridge University Press (ISBN 0-521-78512-X), page 331,
  • *:One should not compromise on the essential standard of representativeness of the corpus as a whole. A corpus is only good if it can be reasonably trusted to represent the way language is used by those people whose usage one is interested in describing.