Definition of explanatory in English:

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explanatory

Pronunciation: /ikˈsplanəˌtôrē/

adjective

Serving to explain something: explanatory notes
More example sentences
  • She does supply an explanatory note at the end, but, by the time you get to it, you realise you had somehow absorbed all this anyway.
  • The map and explanatory notes attached to the entry form were very well done.
  • The explanatory note also goes on to describe how a new statutory strict liability regime will be put in place.
Synonyms
explaining, descriptive, describing, illustrative, interpretive, instructive, expository

Derivatives

explanatorily

Pronunciation: /ikˌsplanəˈtôrəlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Without it, even a priori deducibility might seem explanatorily less than sufficient, though the need for such a story remains a matter of controversy.
  • ‘Not relevant’ means, for Skinner, explanatorily circular or regressive.
  • The philosophical distinction between truths of meaning and truths of fact does not reflect a genuine, explanatorily significant distinction.

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Syllabification: ex·plan·a·to·ry

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