Definition of expository in English:



  • Intended to explain or describe something.

    ‘an expository prologue’
    • ‘I am not interested in being a descriptive and expository writer.’
    • ‘The inversion of this is certainly true: the best expository writing is controversial, argumentative or polemical, as well as explanatory.’
    • ‘The passages are roughly similar in length to the expository passages described earlier.’
    • ‘John Baez is a mathematical physicist working on quantum gravity, who has become well-known for his wonderful expository articles on all sorts of physics topics.’
    • ‘The story described an expository account of a college student's series of encounters with spiders.’
    • ‘In college, I enjoyed composition and expository writing and achieved my highest grades in those classes.’
    • ‘Such work may, for expository purposes, be described at three levels: organisational, group and individual.’
    • ‘I blog because it's a way for me to practise my expository writing and get exposure for all my creative and non-creative output.’
    • ‘But for each little detail neatly answered within the film's overly expository dialogue, there are five glaring questions that go unanswered.’
    • ‘Some have compared her editing technique, with its expository gaps and elliptical cutting, to jazz improvisation, since it has a decidedly rhythmic, musical quality.’
    • ‘Instead of poetic diction, we have expository prose.’
    • ‘The series followed a conventional expository format with reconstructions illustrating an investigation into why certain species had expired.’
    • ‘The inessential stuff between scenes, the transitions and build-ups and detailed expository explanations, are mainly not there - or only as much as they need to be.’
    • ‘Still, as one expository chapter follows another, with technically correct but rather dull repetitions of what has been said before, one begins to speculate about how to improve matters.’
    • ‘In each issue users will find an article covering some base of creative or expository writing.’
    • ‘Oddly for such a visual director, he lays out the themes in clumsy, expository dialogue instead of just showing us.’
    • ‘Windy expository passages drag down the narrative while plot points dead-end and several characters go virtually undeveloped.’
    • ‘For want of a better adjective, the prose is very expository.’
    • ‘In these, the last years of his life, he wrote often, sometimes a teasing postcard, sometimes an expository letter six pages long.’
    • ‘Second, doctrinal instruction need not oppose expository preaching, for it can rest on solid interpretation and can supplement such preaching.’
    explanatory, descriptive, describing, elucidatory, elucidative, explicatory, explicative, interpretative, illustrative, illuminating
    exegetic, hermeneutic
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