illustrative

[ ih-luhs-truh-tiv, il-uh-strey-tiv ]
/ ɪˈlʌs trə tɪv, ˈɪl əˌstreɪ tɪv /

adjective

serving to illustrate; explanatory: illustrative examples.

Nearby words

  1. illust.,
  2. illustrate,
  3. illustrated,
  4. illustration,
  5. illustrational,
  6. illustrator,
  7. illustrious,
  8. illustriously,
  9. illuvial,
  10. illuviate

Origin of illustrative

First recorded in 1635–45; illustrate + -ive

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Word Origin and History for illustrative

illustrative

adj.

1640s, from illustrate + -ive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper