- explain away,
- explain oneself,
- explementary angle
Origin of explanatory
Examples from the Web for explanatory
For centuries scientists included God as a part of their explanatory package.
This means that the camera has to be static and I have to include some explanatory inter-titles.Inside ‘Maidan’: Sergei Loznitsa on His Ukrainian Uprising Doc and Putin’s ‘Fascist’ Regime|Richard Porton|May 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I went on to argue that the explanatory deficiencies of ID are overwhelming, extending far beyond bad and sinister design.
Explanatory Reporting The Los Angeles Times Just about everyone living in Southern California has had experience with wildfires.
This explanatory or interpretative stage or aspect of myth may be first historically, or it may not be.Literature in the Elementary School|Porter Lander MacClintock
As there is a good deal of misunderstanding on the subject of the Manchus an explanatory note is useful.The Fight For The Republic in China|Bertram Lenox Putnam Weale
Ford had relighted his cigar, which had gone out in the explanatory interval, and was blowing smoke-rings toward the ceiling.Empire Builders|Francis Lynde
In the course of the day I bought a copy of the explanatory pamphlet.Diversions in Sicily|H. Festing Jones
The explanatory words beneath it are attributed to Dr. Christopher Jonson, headmaster from 1560 to 1571.Winchester|Sidney Heath
1610s, from or modeled on Late Latin explanatorius "having to do with an explanation," from Latin explanat-, past participle stem of explanare (see explanation).