explicative

[ ek-spli-key-tiv, ik-splik-uh-tiv ]
/ ˈɛk splɪˌkeɪ tɪv, ɪkˈsplɪk ə tɪv /

adjective

explanatory; interpretive.
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 forms

ex·pli·ca·tive·ly, adverbnon·ex·pli·ca·tive, adjectiveun·ex·pli·ca·tive, adjective
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