from The Century Dictionary.

  • Serving to explain; tending to expound.
  • Setting forth, or set forth, as an instance; specifically, in logic, singular; relating to a single individual. Thus, an expository syllogism is one in which the middle term is a singular.

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

  • adjective Pertaining to, or containing, exposition; serving to explain; explanatory; illustrative; exegetical.

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

  • adjective Serving to explain, explicate, or elucidate; expositive; of or relating to exposition.

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

  • adjective serving to expound or set forth


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