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[ek-spli-key-tiv, ik-splik-uh-tiv]
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  1. explanatory; interpretive.
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Also ex·pli·ca·to·ry [ek-spli-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, ik-splik-uh-] /ˈɛk splɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ɪkˈsplɪk ə-/.

Origin of explicative

From the Latin word explicātīvus, dating back to 1620–30. See explicate, -ive
Related formsex·pli·ca·tive·ly, adverbnon·ex·pli·ca·tive, adjectiveun·ex·pli·ca·tive, adjective
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Related Words for explicative

elucidative, exegetic, explanative, expository, hermeneutic, hermeneutical, illustrative, informative, instructive, interpretative, interpretive, annotative, clarifying, exegetical, explicatory, informing

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Historical Examples of explicative

  • The first and second are informative, explicative, they take in and dothe other gives out.

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    John Brown

  • The explicative myths, arising from utility, from the necessity of knowing.

  • All of Edwards's other writings may be arranged in relation to this principle,—as introductory, explicative, or defensive.

Word Origin and History for explicative


1640s, "having the function of explaining," from Latin explicativus, from explicare (see explicit). As a noun, from 1775.

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