Definition of explanatory in US English:



  • Serving to explain something.

    ‘explanatory notes’
    • ‘In this book we are committed to a system level of analysis for both descriptive and explanatory purposes.’
    • ‘My own explanatory notes or elaborations for purposes of clarity are inserted in square parentheses.’
    • ‘The second major point I want to bring to members' attention is in the explanatory note.’
    • ‘The evaluation of various explanatory factors continues to generate much historiographical debate.’
    • ‘The explanatory note also goes on to describe how a new statutory strict liability regime will be put in place.’
    • ‘The explanatory note also seems to say to me that this country is changing somewhat out of control.’
    • ‘The main reforms of the bill are dealt with in the explanatory note, and I am not going to deal with them in any detail.’
    • ‘There is a statement I want to read from the explanatory note of the bill.’
    • ‘She does supply an explanatory note at the end, but, by the time you get to it, you realise you had somehow absorbed all this anyway.’
    • ‘The book is on descriptive and explanatory method, avoiding philosophical rhythm.’
    • ‘What are the areas that we expect, at least in the explanatory note of the bill, to be acknowledged?’
    • ‘Often there are explanatory notes with the readings, and there are also questions to draw out lessons from each passage.’
    • ‘There is a brief explanation in the explanatory note of the bill as to what all this is about.’
    • ‘The explanatory note does go on to say that there will be higher costs.’
    • ‘The mandatory bail provision, as he says in his own explanatory note, is being taken out.’
    • ‘The guide comprises two maps, one on each side of the page, surrounded by explanatory notes.’
    • ‘The bill's explanatory note gives a number of examples, and I agree with most of them.’
    • ‘It was also disturbing to read in the explanatory note that more than half of all liable persons are in arrears.’
    • ‘If one looks at the explanatory note of the bill, one sees a very clear omission.’
    • ‘The map and explanatory notes attached to the entry form were very well done.’
    explaining, descriptive, describing, illustrative, illuminative, elucidative, elucidatory, explicative, evaluative, interpretive, expository, revelatory, by way of explanation
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