adjective edif·i·ca·to·ry \ə̇ˈdifəkəˌtōrē, ēˈdif-, edəf-; ˈedəfə̇ˌkātərē\

Definition of edificatory

  1. :  intended or suitable for edification a minister given to the writing of edificatory epistles to his congregation; also :  edifying the edificatory force of an oration

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Origin and Etymology of edificatory

Late Latin aedificatorius, from aedificatus (past participle of aedificare to edify) + Latin -orius -ory — more at edify

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a brief usually trivial fact

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