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representation (n.)

c. 1400, representacioun, "image, likeness symbolic memorial," from Old French representacion (14c.) and directly from Latin repraesentationem (nominative repraesentatio), "a bringing before one, a showing or exhibiting," noun of action from past-participle stem of repraesentare "show, exhibit, display" (see represent (v.)).

The sense of "act of presenting to the mind or imagination" is attested by 1640s. The meaning "statement made in regard to some matter" is from 1670s. Legislative sense of "fact of representing or being represented" is by 1769, thus "share or participation in legislation, etc., by means of regularly chosen or appointed delegates; the system by which communities and societies have a voice in their own affairs and the making of their laws."

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Definitions of representation from WordNet

representation (n.)
a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image;
Synonyms: mental representation / internal representation
representation (n.)
a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something;
representation (n.)
the act of representing; standing in for someone or some group and speaking with authority in their behalf;
representation (n.)
the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent;
Synonyms: delegacy / agency
representation (n.)
a body of legislators that serve in behalf of some constituency;
a Congressional vacancy occurred in the representation from California
representation (n.)
a factual statement made by one party in order to induce another party to enter into a contract;
the sales contract contains several representations by the vendor
representation (n.)
a performance of a play;
Synonyms: theatrical performance / theatrical / histrionics
representation (n.)
a statement of facts and reasons made in appealing or protesting;
certain representations were made concerning police brutality
representation (n.)
the right of being represented by delegates who have a voice in some legislative body;
representation (n.)
an activity that stands as an equivalent of something or results in an equivalent;
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