[ik-spoz-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


of the nature of exposition;exposition; serving to expound, set forth, or explain: an expository essay; expository writing.

Nearby words

  1. expose,
  2. exposed,
  3. exposit,
  4. exposition,
  5. expositor,
  6. exposome,
  7. expostulate,
  8. expostulation,
  9. expostulatory,
  10. exposure

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 expository




of, involving, or assisting in exposition; explanatory
Derived Formsexpositorily or expositively, adverb

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Word Origin and History for expository



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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