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Definition of explanatory adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[usually before noun]
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giving the reasons for something; intended to describe how something works, or to make something easier to understand There are explanatory notes at the back of the book. see also self-explanatoryWord Familyexplain verbexplanation nounexplanatory adjectiveexplicable adjective (inexplicable)
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