- 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
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Related Words for explicatoryfigurative, descriptive, emblematic, revealing, exegetical, exegetic, explanative, explicative, hermeneutic, hermeneutical, illustrative, informative, instructive, interpretative, interpretive, annotative, clarifying, explicatory, informing, elucidative
1640s, "having the function of explaining," from Latin explicativus, from explicare (see explicit). As a noun, from 1775.
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