ex·​pli·​ca·​tive | \ ek-ˈspli-kə-tiv How to pronounce explicative (audio) , ˈek-splə-ˌkā- How to pronounce explicative (audio) \

Definition of explicative

: serving to explicate specifically : serving to explain logically what is contained in the subject an explicative proposition

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Other Words from explicative

explicatively adverb

Examples of explicative in a Sentence

a dearth of explicative material to help the layman understand the difficult subject matter
Recent Examples on the Web Much of the dialogue is obvious and explicative; young Bode sometimes sounds like a middle-aged professor. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: Netflix's 'Locke & Key' has the potential to be the next great supernatural show," 7 Feb. 2020 There are periodic explicative orations about the state of the nation. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "What Makes The Morning Show Worth Watching," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of explicative

1602, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of explicative was in 1602

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“Explicative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explicative. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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