explanatory

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English explanen, from Old French explaner, from Latin explanō (I flatten, spread out, make plain or clear, explain), from ex- (out) + planō (I flatten, make level), from planus (level, plain); see plain and plane. Compare esplanade, splanade. Displaced native Middle English arecchen, irecchen (to explain, expound) (from Old English āreccan, ġereccan).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪkˈsplanət(ə)ɹi/, /ɛkˈsplanət(ə)ɹi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪkˈsplanətɔːɹi/, /ɛkˈsplanətɔːɹi/
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Adjective[edit]

explanatory (comparative more explanatory, superlative most explanatory)

  1. Intended to serve as an explanation.
    Below the diagram is an explanatory text.
  2. (of a person) Disposed to explain.

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