Definition of explanatory adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

explanatory

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adjective
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsplænətri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsplænətɔːri//
 
[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) Word Origin early 17th cent.: from late Latin explanatorius, from Latin explanare, based on planus ‘plain’.
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