Explanatory

  • 1Explanatory — Ex*plan a*to*ry, a. [L. explanatorius.] Serving to explain; containing explanation; as explanatory notes. Swift …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2explanatory — I adjective annotative, apodictal, clarifying, commentarial, demonstrational, demonstrative, descriptive, elucidative, enlightening, evincive, exegetic, exegetical, exemplificative, explicative, explicatory, explicit, expository, expressive,… …

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  • 3explanatory — 1610s, from or modeled on L.L. explanatorius having to do with an explanation, from L. explanat , pp. stem of explanare (see EXPLANATION (Cf. explanation)) …

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  • 4explanatory — [adj] descriptive allegorical, analytical, annotative, critical, declarative, demonstrative, diagrammatic, discursive, elucidatory, enlightening, exegetic, exegetical, explicative, expositional, expository, graphic, guiding, hermeneutic,… …

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  • 5explanatory — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ serving to explain something. DERIVATIVES explanatorily adverb …

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  • 6explanatory — [ek splan′ə tiv, ik splan′ə tivek splan′ə tôr΄ē, iksplan′ə tôr΄ē] adj. [LL explanatorius] explaining or intended to explain: also explanative [ek splan′ə tiv, ik splan′ə tiv] explanatorily adv …

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  • 7explanatory — [[t]ɪksplæ̱nətəri, AM tɔːri[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Explanatory statements or theories are intended to make people understand something by describing it or giving the reasons for it. [FORMAL] These statements are accompanied by a series of… …

    English dictionary

  • 8explanatory — ex|plan|a|to|ry [ıkˈsplænətəri US to:ri] adj giving information about something or describing how something works, in order to make it easier to understand ▪ There are explanatory notes at the end of each chapter. →↑self explanatory …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9explanatory — adjective intended to describe how something works or make something easier to understand: explanatory notes at the end of each chapter see also: self­explanatory …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10explanatory — adjective Date: 1618 serving to explain < explanatory notes > • explanatorily adverb …

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  • 11explanatory — explanatorily, explanatively, adv. /ik splan euh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. serving to explain: an explanatory footnote. Also, explanative. [1610 20; < LL explanatorius. See EXPLAIN, TORY1] * * * …

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  • 12explanatory — adjective /ɪkˈsplanət(ə)ri,ɛkˈsplanət(ə)ri,ɪkˈsplanətɔːri,ɛkˈsplanətɔːri/ a) Intended to serve as an explanation. Below the diagram is an explanatory text. b) Disposed to explain …

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  • 13explanatory — adj. Explanatory is used with these nouns: ↑leaflet, ↑letter, ↑memorandum, ↑model, ↑note, ↑statement, ↑text …

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  • 14explanatory — ex|plan|a|to|ry [ ık splænə,tɔri ] adjective FORMAL intended to help you understand something: He had attached an explanatory note …

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  • 15explanatory — adjective write two or three explanatory paragraphs Syn: explaining, descriptive, describing, illustrative, interpretive, instructive, expository …

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  • 16explanatory — UK [ɪkˈsplænət(ə)rɪ] / US [ɪkˈsplænəˌtɔrɪ] adjective intended to help you to understand something He had attached an explanatory note …

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  • 17explanatory — ex•plan•a•to•ry [[t]ɪkˈsplæn əˌtɔr i, ˌtoʊr i[/t]] also ex•plan′a•tive adj. serving to explain: an explanatory footnote[/ex] • Etymology: 1610–20; &LT; LL …

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  • 18explanatory — Synonyms and related words: allegorizing, annotative, clarifying, critical, demonstrative, demythologizing, descriptive, discursive, editorial, elucidative, enlightening, euhemeristic, exegetic, exegetical, exemplificative, explaining,&#8230; …

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  • 19explanatory — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. expository, illustrative, explaining, clarifying, informing, informative, allegorical, interpretive, hermeneutic, exegetical, annotative, instructive, guiding, illuminating, declarative, descriptive, explicative,&#8230; …

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  • 20explanatory — ex·plan·a·to·ry || ɪk splænÉ™tÉ™rɪ adj. explicative, elucidative, illustrative, descriptive …

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