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explicative

[ek-spli-key-tiv, ik-splik-uh-tiv] /ˈɛk splɪˌkeɪ tɪv, ɪkˈsplɪk ə tɪv/
adjective
1.
explanatory; interpretive.
Also, explicatory
[ek-spli-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, ik-splik-uh-] /ˈɛk splɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ɪkˈsplɪk ə-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of explicative
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin explicātīvus. See explicate, -ive
Related forms
explicatively, adverb
nonexplicative, adjective
unexplicative, adjective
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adj.

1640s, "having the function of explaining," from Latin explicativus, from explicare (see explicit). As a noun, from 1775.

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