self-explanatory

adjective
self-ex·​plan·​a·​to·​ry | \ˌself-ik-ˈspla-nə-ˌtȯr-ē \

Definition of self-explanatory 

: explaining itself : capable of being understood without explanation

First Known Use of self-explanatory

1737, in the meaning defined above

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self-explanatory

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English Language Learners Definition of self-explanatory

: easy to understand without explanation

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