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explicative

[ek-spli-key-tiv, ik-splik-uh-tiv]
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adjective
  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 explicatory

figurative, descriptive, emblematic, revealing, exegetical, exegetic, explanative, explicative, hermeneutic, hermeneutical, illustrative, informative, instructive, interpretative, interpretive, annotative, clarifying, explicatory, informing, elucidative

Word Origin and History for explicatory

explicative

adj.

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

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