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1. A setting forth of meaning or intent.
a. A statement or rhetorical discourse intended to give information about or an explanation of difficult material.
b. The art or technique of composing such discourses.
3. Music
a. The first part of a composition in sonata form that introduces the themes.
b. The opening section of a fugue.
4. The part of a play that provides the background information needed to understand the characters and the action.
5. An act or example of exposing.
6. A public exhibition or show, as of artistic or industrial developments.

[Middle English exposicioun, from Old French exposition, from Latin expositiō, expositiōn-, from expositus, past participle of expōnere, to expound; see expound.]

ex·pos′i·tive (ĭk-spŏz′ĭ-tĭv), ex·pos′i·to′ry (-tôr′ē) adj.
ex·pos′i·tor n.


(ɪkˈspɒzɪtərɪ; -trɪ) or


of, involving, or assisting in exposition; explanatory
exˈpositorily, exˈpositively adv


(ɪkˈspɒz ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

also ex•pos′i•tive,

serving to expound, set forth, or explain: expository writing.
[1590–1600; < Medieval Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.expository - serving to expound or set forth; "clean expository writing"
instructive, informative - serving to instruct or enlighten or inform


adjective explanatory, descriptive, interpretive, illustrative, interpretative, hermeneutic, explicatory, explicative, elucidative, exegetic A textbook relies heavily on an expository style of writing.




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Or again, does the author describe with merely expository purpose, to make the background of his work clear?
He impounded the dispersing Butteridge plans with one comprehensive sweep of his arm, rescuing them even from the expository finger-marks of the man with the flat voice, and handed them to Bert.
Contributed by philosophers and other scholars from North America, Europe, and Brazil, the 12 essays in this volume illustrate how Aristotle used both explanatory and expository principles in composing his works, including the four causes, the priority of actuality over potentiality, the principle that nature does nothing in vain, proper sequence and pedagogical method, the equivocity of key explanatory terms, and the need to observe distinctions between the different sciences.
Sec (Leon, Escudero, & Olmos, 2012) comprises three types of text: a narrative text, an expository text, and a discontinuous text, multiple-choice tests are used to measure comprehension in each of the texts.
For an example, in "Snowflake Wakes," the incredible complexity of the images leave a haunting, tingling sensation that evokes the sensory experiences of winter, while the delicate, descriptive nuances of the verse personifies even a snowflake, and finally a natural description of the formation of snowflakes is told in expository prose appealing to children.
Contract awarded for Bedok View Sec Sch is looking for vendors to quote for an Expository Writing Based Globalisation Workshop for an estimate of 120 Sec 3 Express stream students in Jan Feb 2015.
According to the NAEP, expository text's function is to inform, instruct, or to objectively present truth; it "presents information, provides explanations and definitions, and compares and contrasts" (NAGB, 2008, p.
The Common Core Standards' emphasis on expository writing heightens the need for cross-disciplinary approaches when presenting information.
It would be premature to suggest this without consulting the archives, but "1, Frankenstein" might very well set some kind of record for the most expository dialogue in a single feature film, with almost every spoken exchange either relaying a convoluted backstory, outlining a nefarious scheme or describing the actions currently taking place onscreen.
Retellings have also been used to explore the relationship between the comprehension patterns of narrative and expository texts (e.