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'etif. See Full.]

Filling up; hence, added merely for the purpose of filling up; superfluous.

"Expletive imagery."


Expletive phrases to plump his speech. Barrow.


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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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