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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Explicative.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as explicative.


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


  • Detail serving no purpose other than the explicatory is window-dressing.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • Despite its endless procession of explicatory talking heads, it barely seems to scratch the surface of its fascinating subject.


  • This explicatory approach to the strange continues with the revelation of why the robot is disembowelling its victims.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • Vendler's sheer appetite for poetry and her explicatory power are phenomenal.

    Helen Vendler's new commentary on Emily Dickinson, reviewed by Michael Dirda

  • Unfortunately that conflation is common amongst those less versed in the relevant genres since the excusatory symbolic formulation, by nature, rips off the explicatory works, simulating authenticity by simply copying from the original.

    The Aesthetics of Fat

  • For these writers, authenticity may well be highly valued but it is not valued for an explicatory purpose; these writers have no interest in resolving the challenge to suspension of disbelief by flipping the subjunctivity back from "this could not be happening" to "this could be happening (elsewhen)".

    The Aesthetics of Fat

  • The categorisation and reference problems mentioned earlier as regards the term "fat fantasy" are highlighted here, in the risk of conflating the excusatory and the explicatory.

    The Aesthetics of Fat

  • If what we mean by worldbuilding is simply explication, if what we mean by "fat fantasy" is fiction bound to accessibility, immersion and conventionality but with that extra element of worldbuilding, well, adding explicatory authenticity to symbolic formulation does not make it "fantasy" to a writer or reader who wants their fiction truly strange; it simply adds more fat to the fat. posted by Hal Duncan | 3: 40 PM

    The Aesthetics of Fat

  • More importantly, this authenticity aesthetic is an important distinguisher between the explicatory genre work and mere symbolic formulation.

    The Aesthetics of Fat

  • By "symbolic formulation", then, I mean those types of strange fiction which take a purely excusatory approach to the strange, rather than explicatory or exploitative approaches.

    The Aesthetics of Fat


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