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synonyms for explanatory

  • analytical
  • informative
  • interpretive
  • supplementary
  • allegorical
  • annotative
  • critical
  • declarative
  • demonstrative
  • diagrammatic
  • discursive
  • elucidatory
  • enlightening
  • exegetic
  • exegetical
  • explicative
  • expositional
  • expository
  • graphic
  • guiding
  • hermeneutic
  • illuminative
  • illustrative
  • informing
  • instructive
  • justifying
  • summary

antonyms for explanatory

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  • confusing
  • mysterious
  • obscure
  • perplexing
  • puzzling
  • vague
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How to use explanatory in a sentence

It is perhaps explanatory of the way things went for Sara Lee from that time on that he quite forgot his newspapers.
THE AMAZING INTERLUDEMARY ROBERTS RINEHART
The critical and explanatory notes which accompanied it gave the book a high value.
ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, 11TH EDITION, VOLUME 5, SLICE 2VARIOUS
This participial construction is frequent in Milton as in Latin: it is equivalent to an explanatory clause.
MILTON'S COMUSJOHN MILTON
Many explanatory remarks are inserted to elucidate the story.
THE TRANSLATIONS OF BEOWULFCHAUNCEY BREWSTER TINKER
After a brief explanatory conference, the minister thoughtfully went his way.
THE FIEND'S DELIGHTDOD GRILE
A few explanatory remarks concerning the mode of detection of Precambrian rocks may not be amiss.
THE PRINCIPLES OF STRATIGRAPHICAL GEOLOGYJ. E. MARR
Then she questioned Mrs. Finn, and got an answer which, if not satisfactory, was at any rate explanatory.
THE PRIME MINISTERANTHONY TROLLOPE
In such a position is it likely that I shall explain anything;—that I can be in a humour to be explanatory?
THE PRIME MINISTERANTHONY TROLLOPE
There is in all this, as Mr. Wordsworth remarks, something so extraordinary, as to make some explanatory details necessary.
THE MIRROR OF LITERATURE, AMUSEMENT, AND INSTRUCTIONVARIOUS
The second device, of which we also give an example, is self-explanatory, and is perhaps the more original.
PRINTERS' MARKSWILLIAM ROBERTS
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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