Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Serving to explain; explanatory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Explanatory; serving to explain logically or in detail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving to unfold or explain; tending to lay open to the understanding; explanatory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Serving to explicate, or unfold or explain; tending to make clear or intelligible; explanatory. Also explicatory.

Etymologies

From Latin explico ("to unfold, open out") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The former may be called explicative, the latter augmentative judgements; because the former add in the predicate nothing to the conception of the subject, but only analyse it into its constituent conceptions, which were thought already in the subject, although in a confused manner; the latter add to our conceptions of the subject a predicate which was not contained in it, and which no analysis could ever have discovered therein.

    The Critique of Pure Reason

  • He writes lyrics that will reward the kind of explicative analysis usually accorded to the finest of poets.

    All articles at Blogcritics

  • Mr. Bengtson has written two books pairing photographic studies with explicative prose on the locations depicted in the films of Chaplin and Keaton .

    Fast Times With Harold Lloyd

  • The four tug at slim underwear and an "X" appears on each's mouth as an explicative is bleeped out.

    Calvin Klein Marks Its Spot: China

  • I doubt Part 2 in this series is going to be very explicative about hawks.

    Knowing a hawk from a handsaw, pt 1

  • Issa has been a (insert the explicative of your choice) since his car theif and fraud days ...

    Issa Funding GOP's California Electoral Vote Initiative

  • For example, in the tiny bilingual Church I attended in Wiesbaden, Germany this weekend, the British advertising campaign by atheists became the focal point of the explicative sermon.

    ATHEIST BUS CAMPAIGN TO GO EUROPEAN-WIDE

  • Essai cartographique bioclimatique à Madagascar, carte à 1/2'000'000 et notice explicative N° 55.

    Madagascar dry deciduous forests

  • It is about (explicative deleted) time that somebody called a spade a shovel!

    New Perspectives in Psychology ...just not PC!

  • I think the message of the cookie is- "I think your football team is poop or a more explicative four letter word."

    Oh, It Sends a Message Alright

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