- The definition of explanatory is something that makes things more clear.
An example of explanatory is a science teacher describing to his students how plants need sunlight to grow.
explanatory definition by Webster's New World
explaining or intended to explain
Origin: Late Latin explanatorius
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- explanatorily adverb
explanatory definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Serving or intended to explain: an explanatory paragraph.
- ex·planˌa·toˈri·ly adverb