self-ex·​plain·​ing ˌself-ik-ˈsplā-niŋ How to pronounce self-explaining (audio)
: capable of being understood without explanation : self-explanatory
a self-explaining product name

Word History

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-explaining was in 1821

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Cite this Entry

“Self-explaining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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