self-explanatory

[self-ik-splan-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, self-]

adjective

explaining itself; needing no explanation; obvious.

Nearby words

  1. self-excited,
  2. self-exculpatory,
  3. self-executing,
  4. self-exile,
  5. self-existent,
  6. self-expression,
  7. self-feed,
  8. self-feeder,
  9. self-fertile,
  10. self-fertilization

Also self-ex·plain·ing [self-ik-spley-ning, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪkˈspleɪ nɪŋ, ˌsɛlf-/.

Origin of self-explanatory

First recorded in 1895–1900

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British Dictionary definitions for self-explanatory

self-explanatory

less commonly self-explaining

adjective

understandable without explanation; self-evident
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Word Origin and History for self-explanatory

self-explanatory

adj.

1813, from self- + explanatory.

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