Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

explicative

[ek-spli-key-tiv, ik-splik-uh-tiv]
See more synonyms for explicative on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. explanatory; interpretive.
Show More
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper