- explain away,
- explain oneself,
- explementary angle
Origin of explanatory
Examples from the Web for explanatorily
"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|Robert Hichens
We come from the land of the sun-rising,' he went on explanatorily.The Story of the Amulet|E. Nesbit
"Not for to tear up the paving-stones, lassie," added her father, explanatorily.It Never Can Happen Again|William De Morgan
As Abner appeared properly subdued, he went on 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).