explanatory

adjective ex·plan·a·to·ry \ ik-ˈspla-nə-ˌtȯr-ē \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of explanatory

: serving to explain
  • explanatory notes

explanatorily

play \ik-ˌspla-nə-ˈtȯr-ə-lē\ adverb

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

1600


EXPLANATORY Defined for English Language Learners

explanatory

adjective

Definition of explanatory for English Language Learners

  • : made or included in order to explain something


EXPLANATORY Defined for Kids

explanatory

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

Definition of explanatory for Students

: giving explanation
  • explanatory notes


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