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

Examples of expository in a Sentence

an expository piece on the workings of the internal-combustion engine
Recent Examples on the Web But their lack of chemistry, coupled with the absence of expository messages, instead leads to confusion over why Nick would bother with Frances, and vice versa. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 Both pay lip service to it in clunky expository speeches that conveniently arise. Courtney Howard, Variety, 29 Mar. 2022 Later, seeing Reynolds and Ruffalo trade fours doing Aaron Sorkin-style walk-and-talks full of expository blah-blah is satisfying in a different way. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 10 Mar. 2022 Enlarge / One of the only expository cutscenes in the game comes right at the start. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 23 Feb. 2022 Where the 2017 posts were filled with Socratic questions, the later posts were more declarative and expository, with heavy use of exclamation points and words written in all capital letters. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2022 The whole device strikes me as a clumsy way for Sorkin to deliver some expository dialogue that was probably superfluous anyway. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2021 Even with a few overcooked or clumsily expository moments, this is a tense, often exhilarating slow-burn drama that’s impossible to look away from. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Jan. 2022 Sweeping overviews of a broad topic with straightforward expository language. Amanda Baker, Scientific American, 3 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 29 Jun. 2022.

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