- serving to explain: an explanatory footnote.
Sometimes ex·plan·a·tive [ik-splan-uh-tiv] /ɪkˈsplæn ə tɪv/
Origin of explanatory
Related formsex·plan·a·to·ri·ly, ex·plan·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·ex·plan·a·tive, adjectivenon·ex·plan·a·to·ry, adjectivepre·ex·plan·a·to·ry, adjectiveun·ex·plan·a·to·ry, adjective
From the Late Latin
dating back to 1610–20.
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Derived Formsexplanatorily, adverb
- serving or intended to serve as an explanation
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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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