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

  • adj. Interpretive; explanatory.

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  • adj. That explains, interprets, illustrates or elucidates

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Unfolding the signification; of or pertaining to interpretation; exegetical; explanatory

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of interpretation or exegesis; explanatory; exegetical: as, hermeneutic theology (that is, the art of expounding the Scriptures).

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

  • adj. interpretive or explanatory


Greek hermēneutikos, from hermēneutēs, interpreter, from hermēneuein, to interpret, from hermēneus, interpreter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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