explanatory

[ ik-splan-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ɪkˈsplæn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /

adjective

serving to explain: an explanatory footnote.
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

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British Dictionary definitions for explanatory

explanatory

explanative

/ (ɪkˈsplænətərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

serving or intended to serve as an explanation

Derived Forms

explanatorily, adverb
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