[ik-spoz-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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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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Historical Examples of expository

  • Talk should proceed by instances; by the apposite, not the expository.

    The Pocket R.L.S.

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • But the specialist temperament is often not a generalizing and expository temperament.

  • Expository writing is commonly divided into Definition and Analysis.

    Expository Writing

    Mervin James Curl

  • Interesting our expository writing must be; it must also be truthful.

    Expository Writing

    Mervin James Curl

  • That also was an expository sermon, as the best preaching so often is.

    A Year in Europe

    Walter W. Moore

British Dictionary definitions for expository



  1. 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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