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Meaning of EXPLETIVE

Pronunciation:  'eksplutiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger; "expletives were deleted"
  2. [n]  a word or phrase conveying no independent meaning but added to fill out a sentence or metrical line

EXPLETIVE is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: curse, curse word, cuss, oath, swearing, swearword
 See Also: profanity, utterance, vocalization



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ex"ple*tive\, a. [L. expletivus, from expletus, p. p.
    of explere to fill up; ex out+plere to fill, akin to plenus
    full: cf. F. expl['e]tif. See {Full}.]
    Filling up; hence, added merely for the purpose of filling
    up; superfluous. ``Expletive imagery.'' --Hallam.
          Expletive phrases to plump his speech.   --Barrow.
  2. \Ex"ple*tive\, n.
    A word, letter, or syllable not necessary to the sense, but
    inserted to fill a vacancy; an oath.
          While explectives their feeble aid to join, And ten low
          words oft creep in one dull line.        --Pope.
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