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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.
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Adj.1.expositive - serving to expound or set forth; "clean expository writing"
instructive, informative - serving to instruct or enlighten or inform
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The interpreter gives them coherency, organizing them in chronological events that are chained in expositive structures with discernible beginnings, transitions and ends (LOWENTHAL 2016, p.
These results, therefore, indicate that the mini-course held as a dialogic expositive class had a positive effect on the meaningful learning of the participants: the mini-course successfully improved the participants' understanding of the new classification and clarified doubts about it.
According to the main intention, texts can be expositive, argumentative or instructive (Hatim & Mason, 2001).
From a model of teaching characterized by uni-directional and expositive approaches in which the leading player is the teacher, to one of educational exchange, of a multidirectional nature, in which student and teacher converse and act as narrators of the progress that takes place in educational scenarios (Alonso & Arandia, 2014).
Data analyses for characterization of the students' profile, concluded that the students had fewer errors due to academic progress, indicating that reading experience during the school years contributed for comprehension performance; the second reading provided improvements to some students in their performance when answering questions of the texts, in the second application of comprehension evaluation protocol, however, the students from the 3rd grade were not favored by this second reading, which was found in the expositive text E1 and in both narrative N1 and N2.
These documents, along with the reconstruction provided independently by the Italian Mesothelioma Registry, an "active registry" devoted exclusively to this disease [11], allowed us to classify this case as an occupational one, despite its uncommon expositive circumstance.
An opinion has what may be called "expositive effects": the resolution of legal issues necessary to reach the judgment.
In that way, although the teachers in training sought to distance themselves from the expositive model and from the evaluation forms characterized by classification, competition and standardization of results, making their classes dynamic by using technological resources and procedures that involved technical visits, researches, movies, dramatizations, debates and seminars for work presentations, they acknowledged that the structural and epistemological dimension of the pedagogical practice could not be reduced to the mere choice and diversification of teaching techniques.