Explicative



[ek-spli-key-tiv, ik-splik-uh-tiv] /ˈɛk splɪˌkeɪ tɪv, ɪkˈsplɪk ə tɪv/

adjective
1.
explanatory; interpretive.
adj.

1640s, “having the function of explaining,” from Latin explicativus, from explicare (see explicit). As a noun, from 1775.

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  • Explicatory

    [ek-spli-key-tiv, ik-splik-uh-tiv] /ˈɛk splɪˌkeɪ tɪv, ɪkˈsplɪk ə tɪv/ adjective 1. explanatory; interpretive. adj. 1640s, “having the function of explaining,” from Latin explicativus, from explicare (see explicit). As a noun, from 1775.



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