- serving to explain: an explanatory footnote.
Sometimes ex·plan·a·tive [ik-splan-uh-tiv] /ɪkˈsplæn ə tɪv/.
Origin of explanatory
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Examples from the Web for unexplanatory
I am glad to understand from your letter, unexplanatory as it is, that you have followed my advice.Devereux, Complete
- serving or intended to serve as an explanation
Word Origin and History for unexplanatory
1610s, from or modeled on Late Latin explanatorius "having to do with an explanation," from Latin explanat-, past participle stem of explanare (see explanation).
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