adjective Date: 1649 serving to explicate; specifically serving to explain logically what is contained in the subject <
an explicative proposition
explicatively adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Explicative — Ex pli*ca*tive, a. [Cf. F. explicatif.] Serving to unfold or explain; tending to lay open to the understanding; explanatory. Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • explicative — index demonstrative (illustrative), informative, informatory, interpretive, narrative, solvable Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • explicative — 1640s (adj.) having the function of explaining, from L. explicativus, from explicare (see EXPLICIT (Cf. explicit)). As a noun, from 1775 …   Etymology dictionary

  • explicative — ● explicatif, explicative adjectif Qui explique, indique comment se servir d un appareil, d un remède, etc. : Notice explicative …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • explicative — adjective Explanatory; serving to explain logically or in detail. The witness was explicative in explaining to the police what he saw. Syn: explicatory See Also: explicate, explication …   Wiktionary

  • explicative — explicate ► VERB 1) analyse and develop (an idea or principle) in detail. 2) analyse (a literary work) in order to reveal its meaning. DERIVATIVES explication noun explicative adjective explicator noun explicatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin …   English terms dictionary

  • explicative — explicatively, adv. /ek spli kay tiv, ik splik euh tiv/, adj. explanatory; interpretive. Also, explicatory /ek spli keuh tawr ee, tohr ee, ik splik euh /. [1620 30; < L explicativus. See EXPLICATE, IVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • explicative — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Serving to explain: elucidative, exegetic, explanative, explanatory, expositive, expository, hermeneutic, hermeneutical, illustrative, interpretative, interpretive. See EXPLAIN …   English dictionary for students

  • explicative — adj. explanatory, serving to interpret …   English contemporary dictionary

  • explicative — ex·plic·a·tive …   English syllables

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