self-explanatory

[ self-ik-splan-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, self- ]
/ ˈsɛlf ɪkˈsplæn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˌsɛlf- /

adjective

explaining itself; needing no explanation; obvious.

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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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