Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

explanatory

play
adjective ex·plan·a·to·ry \ik-ˈspla-nə-ˌtȯr-ē\

Simple Definition of explanatory

  • : made or included in order to explain something

Full Definition of explanatory

  1. :  serving to explain <explanatory notes>

ex·plan·a·to·ri·ly play \-ˌspla-nə-ˈtȯr-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of explanatory

  1. There are explanatory notes at the front of the book.

  2. <the explanatory section has as its heading What the New Tax Changes Mean>



1618

First Known Use of explanatory

1618



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up explanatory? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

duvet kittly-benders pince-nez spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ