ex·​pos·​i·​to·​ry | \ ik-ˈspä-zə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce expository (audio) \

Definition of expository

: of, relating to, or containing exposition expository writing

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an expository piece on the workings of the internal-combustion engine
Recent Examples on the Web More generally, the imprint of the IPTA is all over his aesthetic; his dialogue, for instance, has the snap and expository tone of the stage. Ratik Asokan, The New York Review of Books, "A New Look At Ritwik Ghatak’s Bengal," 25 Jan. 2020 Director Aaron Posner’s organizing notion proves far better suited to a short skit than a full 150 minutes of expository twists — and antiquated japes. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ as a sitcom? Call it ‘The Bardy Bunch.’," 22 Jan. 2020 Even the famously expository prequels didn’t spend so long excavating Force doctrine. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Star Wars rewatch: The Last Jedi destroys a legend to rebuild the same legend," 16 Dec. 2019 The play distills these differences (and some similarities) into a series of remarkably clear, expository conversations starting in 1993, when Ginsburg first moves into her Supreme Court office. Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor, the stage show, in ‘Sisters in Law’," 1 Oct. 2019 DeLappe deftly avoids conventional expository dialogue. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘The Wolves’ scores in surprising ways at City Lights in San Jose," 24 Sep. 2019 And the most deadly and unexpected moment of the book is never explained or justified, even when the big baddie delivers his expository speech. Alex Davies, WIRED, "A Novelist Takes Self-Driving to Its Illogical Conclusion," 27 Aug. 2019 Deaths and major confrontations pass by in a couple of minutes, while more expository scenes linger for longer than necessary. Nicolette Munoz, Los Angeles Times, "Review: An East L.A. memoir comes to life in ‘Always Running’ at Casa 0101 Theater," 14 Sep. 2019 The handful of action scenes, for all their mortal dangers, come and go with an expository brevity and an elusive, abstracted physicality to match. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“The Kitchen,” Reviewed: An Engrossing Mob-Wife Drama That’s Relegated to a Table Read," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of expository

1628, in the meaning defined above

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“Expository.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expository. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of expository

chiefly US, somewhat formal used to describe writing that is done to explain something

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