Narrative is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand narrative (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use narrative in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of narrative, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of narrative, followed by 42 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story
EXAMPLES - Narrative in a Sentence
- I also think that the nature of the narrative is a factor. (source)
- I think 3 is best for the long-term narrative construction. (source)
- On the other side, the narrative is a bit .... well, .. lacking. (source)
- Thus, the revenge portion of the narrative is all the more satisfying. (source)
- Anything finer than this it would be hard to discover in English narrative poetry. (source)
- Are we still writing as if our narrative is the narrative of Judeo-Christian tradition? (source)
- Hindostan,) the hero of the horrid narrative [Footnote: '_The hero of the horrid narrative_.' (source)
- From the 1870s to the turn of the century he moved from what might be called narrative to psychological realism. (source)
- Of course not, their narrative is an evil Israel killing poor Palestinians and that is the only story they will tell. (source)
- The process for finding the characters voices for your narrative is the same, regardless to which camp you may belong. (source)
- Palin has a near-perfect "narrative" -- an engaging personal story that sets her up as the perfect avatar for middle America. (source)
- Fair enough; I was admittedly using Rauch as a shorthand, assuming his narrative is a flawless summary of the underlying source. (source)
- Which would seem to put him at odds with the historical 'narrative' - didn't stop him sailing around the world though. just Louise (source)
- The narrative is the quick story that has developed over a long period of time for any organization, company or important public figure. (source)
- The book is billed as a true-crime story, but what drives the narrative is the events -- mundane and otherwise -- of Walworth family life. (source)
- Woven into this narrative is the novel that Jonathan is working on an imagined history of Trachimbrod, the shtetl that he and Alex investigate. (source)
- The main subject of the narrative is a journey through a somnambulistic world by the son, Jozef, to visit his purportedly dying Father in a Sanatorium. (source)
- John Carney sets up a bogus premise to support a bogus narrative, which is that the Dodd-Frank Bill thwarts private competition to finance home mortgages. (source)
- Where the narrative is aimed to function mainly as an immersive Story, authenticity and verisimilitude may be held more important than even basic literary skills. (source)
- The alternating chapters disappear and the narrative is a seamless blend of Nick and Norah spending the night in New York City together -- and apart at some points. (source)
- I'm not suggesting that it's impossible to use the portmanteau narrative format to collect a bunch of love stories successfully; I'm simply saying that it has never been done. (source)
- Running throughout the narrative is the personality of Number 6, a paranoid and defiant individual whose personality traits have not improved by finding himself in the Village. (source)
- In presidential politics you need a "narrative" -- the story of your life that connects who you are, and the life you have lived, with what you propose to do in the White House. (source)
- These countries often share a complex historical narrative, which is evidenced by the numerous languages, ethnicities and religions that have their place in these modern day states. (source)
- Last Thursday night, as Michael Cieply put the finishing touches on his gripping 1,260-word narrative for the next day's New York Times, he felt a mix of exhaustion and exhilaration. (source)
- The figure who stalks his narrative is the man of the biographies and contemporary accounts, even to his quoted speech, thoughts, manner, appearance, and the small details of everyday. (source)
- The implications of Ricoeur's conceptions of discourse and action come together in a particularly striking way in his discussion of what he calls the narrative unity of a person's life. (source)
- In other words, they may be consequences of our failure to notice a larger narrative, which is that in the broadest sense, man against nature is man against man, and man against man is man against self. (source)
- Central to this narrative is the concept of the mistake, which Josipovici delicately deconstructs, until we reach the point where the mistake looks indistinguishable from what we might call a right decision. (source)
- Also tugging at the edges of the narrative is the insight that the more out of control the natural world becomes, the more humans will try to control one another in a graceless and unhelpful form of recompense. (source)
- I came across, while examining the wares of a vendor of antiquities, a contemporary narrative from the Spanish side of the attack made on Cadiz by Sir Francis Drake when he set out to singe the beard of Philip II. (source)
- "These amendments will help transform the brochure into a plain English narrative that is well-suited to serve investors 'needs and describes the adviser's conflicts, compensation, business activities, and disciplinary history." (source)
- So perhaps the most impressive and subtle part of the narrative is the recognition that our desire for things to be okay, and our tenacious insistence on resisting change are more problematic than the natural disasters themselves. (source)
- "Right now a lot of the narrative is around 'net-freedom, particularly in countries such as China and Iran, and so in this case the media was quick to pick up on a story that looked like it was doing great things for the Iranian people." (source)
- About the origin of the story, Kugel writes that it "looks like an etiological narrative, that is, the recounting of some incident from the distant past that serves to explain the way things are 'now,' at the time of the story's composition, when Sodom was a ghost town." (source)
- The new media narrative, which is exactly what the White House was pushing just before the primaries happened, coincidentally (for once, Democratic framing actually worked -- the media snapped it up like a cheese puff at cocktail hour) is now: "it's an anti-incumbent year." (source)
- The phenomenon McCall Smith described -- best exemplified by the hordes of fans clamoring for any new speck of information on the next "Twilight" novel by Stephenie Meyer or the conclusion to the "Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins -- is what I term narrative investment. (source)
- Where the register of the narrative is a purely authorial mannerism, or in non-fiction written outside the refined and specialised fields of academia and therefore freed of the strictures of formal discourse, the suitability of such an elevated register may be more validly questioned. (source)
- Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka's recreation of Le Corsaire restores the opulent architecture of Petipa's choreography but still manages to keep up the pace of its hokey narrative, which is loosely based on Byron in its story of pirates, harem girls and general derring-do on the high seas. (source)
- In offering this record, penned by my own hand, of the events of my life, and of my participation in our great struggle for national existence, human liberty, and political equality, I make no pretension to literary merit; the importance of the subject-matter of my narrative is my only claim on the reader's attention. (source)
- Where the narrative is aimed to function mainly as a conceptual exploration of a quirk's implications, we may expect to see less bolstering as the alterior reality is argued via that exploration; in some cases -- some future and ulterior realities, for example -- the fictive milieu may be argued directly from the start point of a recognisable mimetic milieu. (source)
- The younger generation of legal philosophers and academics, by and large, have been pushing the idea that disadvantaged classes need to have what they call their narrative told and elevated in the judicial system, because the white classes do not fully understand the experiences that cause these people to behave the way they do, and through that process you achieve a greater reconciliation between these classes. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 42 example sentences provided below is 43.0, which suggests that "narrative" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 9 synonyms for narrative.
anecdotal, fictional, fictive, historical, narrated, recounted, reported, retold, sequential
We have 1 antonym for narrative.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of narrative from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A narrated account; a story.
- (noun) The art, technique, or process of narrating.
- (adjective) Consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story: narrative poetry.
- (adjective) Of or relating to narration: narrative skill.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Telling a story.
- (adjective) Being overly talkative; garrulous.
- (noun) The systematic recitation of an event or series of events.
- (noun) That which is narrated.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Of or pertaining to narration; relating to the particulars of an event or transaction.
- (adjective) Apt or inclined to relate stories, or to tell particulars of events; story-telling; garrulous.
- (noun) That which is narrated; the recital of a story; a continuous account of the particulars of an event or transaction; a story.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Of or pertaining to narration or the act of relating the details of a transaction or an event: as, narrative skill.
- (None) Given to narration or the telling of stories and the recounting of incidents and events.
- (noun) That which is narrated; a connected account of the particulars of an event or transaction, or series of incidents; a relation or narration; a story.
- (noun) The art of narrating or recounting in detail: as, he is very skilful in narrative.
- (noun) Synonyms Account, Relation, Narrative, etc. See account.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story
- (noun) a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program