[ ik-splan-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ɪkˈsplæn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
serving to explain: an explanatory footnote.
How To Use ColonsColons are used to introduce lists, quotes, or further explanation. They’re also used to separate items in non-grammatical structures. Introducing a List A colon can be used to introduce a list. In general, the portion of sentence before the colon should be a complete sentence (it should contain a subject and a verb). Phrases like the following may sometimes be used to signal an introduction …
Sometimes ex·plan·a·tive [ik-splan-uh-tiv] /ɪkˈsplæn ə tɪv/.
Origin of explanatory
ex·plan·a·to·ri·ly, ex·plan·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·ex·plan·a·tive, adjectivenon·ex·plan·a·to·ry, adjectivepre·ex·plan·a·to·ry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for explanative
/ (ɪkˈsplænətərɪ, -trɪ) /
serving or intended to serve as an explanation
Derived Formsexplanatorily, adverb
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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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