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[ded-i-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈdɛd ɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
of or relating to dedication; serving as a dedication.
Also, dedicative
[ded-i-key-tiv] /ˈdɛd ɪˌkeɪ tɪv/ (Show IPA)
Origin of dedicatory
1555-65; dedicate + -ory1
Related forms
dedicatorily, adverb
nondedicative, adjective
nondedicatory, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The president was up and quickly down with his dedicatory remarks in a few short minutes.
  • People started to applaud and cheer as the cover was lifted from the dedicatory plaque.
  • After the war several dedicatory exercises were held.
  • There is a dedicatory plaque within the foyer of the fifth courthouse.
  • So the dedicatory letter really serves another, covert purpose.

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