[ik-splan-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
Sometimes ex·plan·a·tive [ik-splan-uh-tiv] /ɪkˈsplæn ə tɪv/.

Origin of explanatory

From the Late Latin word explānātōrius, dating back to 1610–20. See explain, -tory1
Related formsex·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, adjectiveun·ex·plan·a·to·ry, adjective
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Examples from the Web for explanatorily

Historical Examples of 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.

  • "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

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for explanatorily



  1. serving or intended to serve as an explanation
Derived Formsexplanatorily, adverb
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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).

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