- serving to explain: an explanatory footnote.
Origin of explanatory
Examples from the Web for explanatorily
"A cheerful fire is always inspiring to me," she said explanatorily.A Colony of Girls
Kate Livingston Willard
We come from the land of the sun-rising,' he went on explanatorily.The Story of the Amulet
"Yes, I am a mere business man," quoth Mr. Hardwill, explanatorily.Daisy's Necklace
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
"It really has been frightfully hot," Jenny Wick said explanatorily.Happy House
Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
"You see Mr. Thrush has always lived in London," began Rosamund explanatorily.In the Wilderness
- serving or intended to serve as an explanation
Word Origin and History for explanatorily
1610s, from or modeled on Late Latin explanatorius "having to do with an explanation," from Latin explanat-, past participle stem of explanare (see explanation).