explicative

explicative

[ek-spli-key-tiv, ik-splik-uh-tiv]
adjective
explanatory; interpretive.
Also, explicatory [ek-spli-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, ik-splik-uh-] .


Origin:
1620–30; < Latin explicātīvus. See explicate, -ive

explicatively, adverb
nonexplicative, adjective
unexplicative, adjective
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explicate (ˈɛksplɪˌkeɪt)
 
vb
1.  to make clear or explicit; explain
2.  to formulate or develop (a theory, hypothesis, etc)
 
[C16: from Latin explicāre to unfold, from plicāre to fold]
 
explicative
 
adj
 
explicatory
 
adj
 
'explicator
 
n

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explicative
mid-17c. (adj.) "having the function of explaining," from L. explicativus, from explicare (see explicit). As a noun, from 1775.
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