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adv.1.In the manner of an expletive.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The profanity here is intended literally as well as expletively, as sexuality is associated throughout the novel with power dynamics, manipulation, and the procreation of children for whom the nation fails to take responsibility.
Not surprisingly, those readings not lexicalized in the language of some of the participants were the most difficult ones to translate, and the translations often departed expletively from immediate renderings of the cognate: swearwords and highly emotional, pragmatically loaded expressions were often chosen to accommodate uses of JUST not surfaced in other languages.