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explanatory

or explanative

[ik-splan-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪkˈsplæn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
serving to explain:
an explanatory footnote.
Origin of explanatory
1610-1620
1610-20; < Late Latin explānātōrius. See explain, -tory1
Related forms
explanatorily, explanatively, adverb
nonexplanative, adjective
nonexplanatory, adjective
preexplanatory, adjective
unexplanatory, adjective
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  • "I can't talk any more now," she said, reverting to an explanatory tone of voice.

    The Wild Olive Basil King
  • A letter, let it be ever so explanatory, will only leave them in suspense.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • He brought over a sheaf of graphs, with explanatory tables attached.

    The Ultimate Weapon John Wood Campbell
  • I was in hopes of one moment, one explanatory word or look from Berenice.

  • Both parties prepared long statements setting forth their views and feelings, and explanatory of their real or supposed injuries.

British Dictionary definitions for explanatory

explanatory

/ɪkˈsplænətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
serving or intended to serve as an explanation
Derived Forms
explanatorily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for explanatory
adj.

1610s, from or modeled on Late Latin explanatorius "having to do with an explanation," from Latin explanat-, past participle stem of explanare (see explanation).

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