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explanatory

[ik-splan-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪkˈsplæn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
serving to explain:
an explanatory footnote.
Also, explanative.
Origin
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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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 nonexplanatory

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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