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There is a strong tendency in explanatory prose to invoke quantities of tension, energy, and whatnot to explain the genesis of pattern. I believe that all such explanations are inappropriate or wrong.
Gregory Bateson

Meaning of "explanatory" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF EXPLANATORY

explanatory  [ɪkˈsplænətərɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF EXPLANATORY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Explanatory is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES EXPLANATORY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Explanation

An explanation is a set of statements constructed to describe a set of facts which clarifies the causes, context, and consequences of those facts. This description may establish rules or laws, and may clarify the existing ones in relation to any objects, or phenomena examined. The components of an explanation can be implicit, and be interwoven with one another. An explanation is often underpinned by an understanding that is represented by different media such as music, text, and graphics. Thus, an explanation is subjected to interpretation, and discussion. In scientific research, explanation is one of several "purposes" for empirical research. Explanation is a way to uncover new knowledge, and to report relationships among different aspects of studied phenomena. Explanation attempts to answer the "why" question. Explanations have varied explanatory power. The formal hypothesis is the theoretical tool used to verify explanation in empirical research.

Definition of explanatory in the English dictionary

The definition of explanatory in the dictionary is serving or intended to serve as an explanation.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH EXPLANATORY


combinatory
ˈkɒmbɪnətərɪ
cosignatory
kəʊˈsɪɡnətərɪ
criminatory
ˈkrɪmɪnətərɪ
damnatory
ˈdæmnətərɪ
discriminatory
dɪˈskrɪmɪnətərɪ
divinatory
dɪˈvɪnətərɪ
donatary
ˈdəʊnətərɪ
eliminatory
ɪˈlɪmɪnətərɪ
hallucinatory
həˈluːsɪnətərɪ
incriminatory
ɪnˈkrɪmɪnətərɪ
minatorial
ˈmɪnətərɪ
minatorially
ˈmɪnətərɪ
minatorily
ˈmɪnətərɪ
minatory
ˈmɪnətərɪ
nonexplanatory
ˌnɒnɪkˈsplænətərɪ
obsignatory
ɒbˈsɪɡnətərɪ
phonatory
ˈfəʊnətərɪ
profanatory
prəˈfænətərɪ
sanatory
ˈsænətərɪ
signatory
ˈsɪɡnətərɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE EXPLANATORY

explain
explain away
explainable
explainer
explanation
explanative
explanatively
explanatorily
explant
explantation
expletive
expletively
expletory
explicable
explicably
explicate
explication
explication de texte
explications de texte
explicative

WORDS THAT END LIKE EXPLANATORY

ambulatory
anti-inflammatory
circulatory
conservatory
defamatory
derogatory
directory
exploratory
inflammatory
laboratory
mandatory
migratory
obligatory
observatory
oscillatory
participatory
predatory
preparatory
regulatory
research laboratory
respiratory

Synonyms and antonyms of explanatory in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «EXPLANATORY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «explanatory» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of explanatory

Translation of «explanatory» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF EXPLANATORY

Find out the translation of explanatory to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of explanatory from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «explanatory» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

解释性的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

explicativo
570 millions of speakers

English

explanatory
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

व्याख्यात्मक
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

التفسيرية
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

пояснительная
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

explicativo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ব্যাখ্যামূলক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

explicatif
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Penjelasan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

erklärend
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

説明的な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

이유를 밝히는
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Panjelasan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

giải thích
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

விளக்கமளிக்கும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

स्पष्टीकरणात्मक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

açıklayıcı
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

esplicativo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

UZASADNIENIE
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

пояснювальна
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

explicativ
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

επεξηγηματικές
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

verduidelikende
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

förklarande
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

forklarende
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of explanatory

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «EXPLANATORY»

The term «explanatory» is very widely used and occupies the 23.033 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «EXPLANATORY» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about explanatory

EXAMPLES

2 QUOTES WITH «EXPLANATORY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word explanatory.
1
Gregory Bateson
There is a strong tendency in explanatory prose to invoke quantities of tension, energy, and whatnot to explain the genesis of pattern. I believe that all such explanations are inappropriate or wrong.
2
Nancy Cartwright
The fundamental laws of physics do not describe true facts about reality. Rendered as descriptions of facts, they are false; amended to be true, they lose their explanatory force.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «EXPLANATORY»

Discover the use of explanatory in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to explanatory and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac
This completely revised and rewritten edition is an authoritative source on astronomical phenomena and calendars. Although this paperback edition carries a 2006 copyright date, it is the same material published in 1992 hardcover edition.
P. Kenneth Seidelmann, 2006
2
Explanatory Item Response Models: A Generalized Linear and ...
This edited volume gives a new and integrated introduction to item response models (predominantly used in measurement applications in psychology, education, and other social science areas) from the viewpoint of the statistical theory of ...
Paul de Boeck, Mark Wilson, 2004
3
Explanatory Translation: Beyond the Kuhnian Model of ...
The notion of translation investigated here is called explanatory, but it is not a translation in the standard sense of the word since it admits of conceptual change.
V. Rantala, 2002
4
Designing Case Studies: Explanatory Approaches in Small-N ...
It is an inclusive account of case study methodology which covers all the major explanatory approaches, and is also the first book to present congruence analysis in detail as a distinct case study approach.
Joachim Blatter, Markus Haverland, 2012
5
ENT MCQs for Medical Students: With Explanatory Answers
This book will be a valuable companion for clinics and teaching sessions and an indispensable revision primer for graduate entry medical curricula.
Gurdeep Singh Mannu, Tunde Odutoye, 2010
6
Mystical and Mythological Explanatory Works of Assyrian and ...
The cuneiform writings of early Mesopotamia have generally been viewed by the modern world as both esoteric and obscure; to the scholars of ancient Assyria and Babylon, however, these works not only were comprehensible, but provided insight ...
Alasdair Livingstone, 1986
7
Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters: Guidelines and ...
This publication contains a set of guidelines for good practice in the conduct of elections, based on Europe's electoral heritage, as well as an explanatory report which explains the key principles on which they are based.
‎2003
8
The Basics of Social Research
If it seems that description is simpler than explanation, you may be surprised to learn that definitions are more problematic for descriptive research than for explanatory research. Before we turn to other aspects of measurement, you'll need a ...
Earl Babbie, 2007
9
Objectivity Is Not Neutrality: Explanatory Schemes in History
In Objectivity Is Not Neutrality, Thomas L. Haskell argues for a moderate historicism that acknowledges the force of perspective and reaffirms the pluralistic practices of a liberal democratic society—even while upholding time-honored ...
Thomas L. Haskell, 2000
10
Ophthalmology Fact Fixer: 240 MCQs with Explanatory Answers
With multiple choice questions and full explanatory answers to assist learning, this book is an aid for revision and continuing professional development.
C. N. Chua, Li Wern Voon, Siddhartha Goel, 2002

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «EXPLANATORY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term explanatory is used in the context of the following news items.
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Russia launches 'Safe Selfie' campaign to stop selfie-related deaths
The scenarios that are discouraged seem self-explanatory – don't selfie on top of power lines, while leaning out a car window or while holding ... «WXIA-TV, Jul 15»
2
Partnership offers free online SAT course
In June, Khan began providing full-length exams, quizzes and targeted practice recommendations, along with its classic explanatory videos ... «Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jul 15»
3
Three finalist for Norton Commons school name
Pretty self-explanatory. Steve Tyra Elementary after a longtime JCPS Principal who just retired from Bowen Elementary School. Last is Jack ... «WHAS 11.com, Jul 15»
4
Editorial: If South Carolina can do it, so can Texas
The possibilities run the gamut - leaving them where they are and basically ignoring them; adding more accurate explanatory plaques; moving ... «Houston Chronicle, Jul 15»
5
Jacquielynn Floyd: Pulling down statues cannot erase history
... most historians, he would rather see explanatory plaques added to the controversial statues at UT and elsewhere than see them removed. «Dallas Morning News, Jul 15»
6
Museum & Gallery Listings for July 10-16
... lot in it — including letters, Civil War souvenirs and explanatory texts — with everything as readily accessible as if in a well-packed suitcase. «New York Times, Jul 15»
7
This Delta Rodent Has an Epic Story
An explanatory series focusing on one of the most complex issues facing California: water sharing. And at its core is the Sacramento-San ... «KCET, Jul 15»
8
Are Israelis facing a tightening of religious restrictions?
Thus, in its explanatory preface, Gafni's kashrut bill equates the rabbinate's monopoly with the state monopoly over the regulation of ... «The Times of Israel, Jul 15»
9
Investors should be aware of corporate spin and 'adjusted profits'
The researchers searched clean audits for so-called "explanatory statements" from the auditor that highlighted an unusual aspect of the ... «Houston Chronicle, Jul 15»
10
EU net neutrality deal miraculously keeps everyone happy
However, as expressed by all sides, the devil would be in the detail of the recitals (explanatory guidelines for implementation). On Wednesday ... «The Register, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Explanatory [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/explanatory>. Jul 2020 ».
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