[ ik-spoz-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ɪkˈspɒz ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


of the nature of exposition;exposition; serving to expound, set forth, or explain: an expository essay; expository writing.
Also ex·pos·i·tive [ik-spoz-i-tiv] /ɪkˈspɒz ɪ tɪv/.

Origin of expository

From the Medieval Latin word expositōrius, dating back to 1590–1600. See expositor, -tory1
Related formsex·pos·i·to·ri·ly, ex·pos·i·tive·ly, adverbsem·i·ex·pos·i·tive, adjectivesem·i·ex·pos·i·to·ry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for expositive



/ (ɪkˈspɒzɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /


of, involving, or assisting in exposition; explanatory
Derived Formsexpositorily or expositively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for expositive



1620s, from Medieval Latin expositorius, from expositus, past participle of exponere (see expound). Earlier in English as a noun meaning "an expository treatise, commentary" (early 15c.).

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