[ih-luhs-truh-tiv, il-uh-strey-tiv]


serving to illustrate; explanatory: illustrative examples.

Origin of illustrative

First recorded in 1635–45; illustrate + -ive
Related formsil·lus·tra·tive·ly, adverbnon·il·lus·tra·tive, adjectivenon·il·lus·tra·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·il·lus·tra·tive, adjectiveo·ver·il·lus·tra·tive·ly, adverbself-il·lus·tra·tive, adjectiveun·il·lus·tra·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for illustrative

1640s, from illustrate + -ive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper