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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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