- explanatory; interpretive.
Also ex·pli·ca·to·ry [ek-spli-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, ik-splik-uh-] /ˈɛk splɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ɪkˈsplɪk ə-/.
Origin of explicative
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Word Origin and History for explicatory
1640s, "having the function of explaining," from Latin explicativus, from explicare (see explicit). As a noun, from 1775.
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