Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Serving or intended to explain.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Serving to explain; containing explanation; of the nature of explanation: as, explanatory notes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Serving to explain; containing explanation; as explanatory notes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Intended to serve as an explanation.
  • adjective of a person Disposed to explain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective serving or intended to explain or make clear

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Examples

  • The Dominican Congress added what it called explanatory articles to the law by which it approved the convention but made no change therein.

    Santo Domingo A Country with a Future

  • RL is seriously lacking in explanatory mouse-overs.

    requests - giving mood

  • 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.

    Chapter 2

  • RL is seriously lacking in explanatory mouse-overs.

    I'm in a giving mood

  • Convulsion followed convulsion, till they closed in death, without her being able to utter a word explanatory of the fatal scene.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • Note 69: Bergman dismisses this "so-called 'feminist' literature" as lacking in explanatory power.

    Gutenber-e Help Page

  • The choice of autonomous relations in explanatory models is primarily a matter of adequate knowledge and intuition regarding the basic mechanisms of the economy.

    The Prize in Economics 1989 - Press Release

  • This analysis shows that the main explanatory factors are their systems of economic organisation together with the institutional framework within which they operate.

    Maurice Allais - Autobiography

  • He caught her curious and speculative eyes fixed on his hands, and, being in explanatory mood, he said: -

    Chapter 2

  • 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.

    My Lady of the North

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