ex·​pli·​ca·​tive | \ek-ˈspli-kə-tiv, ˈek-splə-ˌkā- \

Definition of explicative 

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

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explicatively adverb

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a dearth of explicative material to help the layman understand the difficult subject matter

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Video posted on the Twitter feed of Robin Bell shows the explicative term in question emblazoned across the wall of the hotel, backed by a cascade of poop emojis. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "'S---hole' projected onto Trump Hotel in D.C.: report," 14 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of explicative

1602, in the meaning defined above

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