- serving to explain: an explanatory footnote.
Sometimes ex·plan·a·tive [ik-splan-uh-tiv] /ɪkˈsplæn ə tɪv/.
Origin of explanatory
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- serving or intended to serve as an explanation
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Word Origin and History for explanative
1610s, from or modeled on Late Latin explanatorius "having to do with an explanation," from Latin explanat-, past participle stem of explanare (see explanation).
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