essayistic

[es-ey-is-tik]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or like an essay, especially in style, format, or organization and often in reflecting a more personal approach than a treatise, thesis, or the like.
2.
resembling formal exposition.
3.
expository; discursive; explanatory.

Origin:
1860–65; essay + -istic

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