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illustrative

[ih-luhs-truh-tiv, il-uh-strey-tiv] /ɪˈlʌs trə tɪv, ˈɪl əˌstreɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to illustrate; explanatory:
illustrative examples.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; illustrate + -ive
Related forms
illustratively, adverb
nonillustrative, adjective
nonillustratively, adverb
overillustrative, adjective
overillustratively, adverb
self-illustrative, adjective
unillustrative, adjective
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illustrative

adj.

1640s, from illustrate + -ive.

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