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 (ĕk′splĭ-kā′tĭv, ĭk-splĭk′ə-tĭv)
Serving to explain; explanatory.

ex′pli·ca′tive n.
ex′pli·ca′tive·ly adv.


(ˈɛk splɪˌkeɪ tɪv, ɪkˈsplɪk ə tɪv)

also ex•pli•ca•to•ry

(ˈɛk splɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ɪkˈsplɪk ə-)

explanatory; interpretive.
ex′pli•ca`tive•ly, adv.
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de Treville; his visit of the day before, it is to be remembered, had been very short and very little explicative.
Schmitt, supra note 129, at 377 (noting that "[t]o the extent that the term 'violence' is explicative, it must be considered in the sense of violent consequences rather than violent acts.
Without any unnecessary romanticizing, Le Clezio very carefully reconstructs these twenty years of life; he makes them real, explicative, and meaningful.
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Everything is organized, from maps locating the different sites, explicative texts, tours to outdoor projects.
eucerus as a changeable response to transect environments (xeric, intermediate and mesic) and the ontogenetic category (eggs, L1-L3 larvae, L4-L5 larvae and pupae) as an explicative variable; (2) with the proportion of E.
Thanks in large part to our dedicated member ship, the Real Estate Board of New York successfully pushed for more explicative language from the State.
These intentions may range from the purely academic and explicative right through to the noticeably stylistic, or the translator may resort to their use based on moral or political motivations.
Entamant sa tournee explicative de la decision de retrait du gouvernement Benkirane prise recemment par le Conseil national du parti de l'Istiqlal, Hamid Chabat a rallie des milliers de militants dans l'enceinte de la salle couverte omnisports a Fes.
In spite of the existence of diverse explicative theories, the majority of them do not have "proof weight.