American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Serving or intended to explain: an explanatory paragraph.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving to explain; containing explanation; of the nature of explanation: as, explanatory notes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Serving to explain; containing explanation; as
- adj. serving or intended to explain or make clear
“The Dominican Congress added what it called explanatory articles to the law by which it approved the convention but made no change therein.”
“RL is seriously lacking in explanatory mouse-overs.”
“He caught her curious and speculative eyes fixed on his hands, and, being in explanatory mood, he said: — I just come down the Coast on one of the Pacific mail steamers.”
“Convulsion followed convulsion, till they closed in death, without her being able to utter a word explanatory of the fatal scene.”
“Note 69: Bergman dismisses this "so-called 'feminist' literature" as lacking in explanatory power.”
“This analysis shows that the main explanatory factors are their systems of economic organisation together with the institutional framework within which they operate.”
“The choice of autonomous relations in explanatory models is primarily a matter of adequate knowledge and intuition regarding the basic mechanisms of the economy.”
“He caught her curious and speculative eyes fixed on his hands, and, being in explanatory mood, he said: -”
“She was rattling on without affording me the slightest opportunity to slip in a word explanatory, when her glance chanced to fall upon some one who was approaching us through the throng.”
“Page 93 character of Mrs. Thompson, as Dickens does upon the characters which he dreams out; but as we detest the repeated interruptions of a story by long dry homilies from the author, we will take it for granted that when we faithfully delineate a character, the reader can draw his lessons of morality from it as well as we can; but as it would be doing great injustice to the character of Mrs. Thompson to rest it with the reader upon an occasional interview with her nearest and dearest friends, we are sure that we will be indulged in a word explanatory of her seeming inconsistency in the conversations just detailed.”
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