explanatory

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

Definition of explanatory

  1. :  serving to explain <explanatory notes>

explanatorily

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Examples of explanatory in a sentence

  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>

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First Known Use of explanatory

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EXPLANATORY Defined for English Language Learners

explanatory

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

Definition of explanatory for English Language Learners

  • : made or included in order to explain something


EXPLANATORY Defined for Kids

explanatory

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

Definition of explanatory for Students

  1. :  giving explanation <explanatory notes>



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