expositional, adj.
/ek'speuh zish"euhn/, n.
1. a large-scale public exhibition or show, as of art or manufactured products: an exposition of 19th-century paintings; an automobile exposition.
2. the act of expounding, setting forth, or explaining: the exposition of a point of view.
3. writing or speech primarily intended to convey information or to explain; a detailed statement or explanation; explanatory treatise: The students prepared expositions on familiar essay topics.
4. the act of presenting to view; display: The singer gave a splendid exposition of vocal talent.
5. exposure (def. 10).
6. the state of being exposed; exposure.
7. Music. the first section of a fugue or a sonata form, in which the principal themes normally are introduced.
8. (in a play, novel, etc.) dialogue, description, etc., that gives the audience or reader the background of the characters and the present situation.
[1300-50; ME exposicioun < L exposition- (s. of expositio), equiv. to exposit(us) (see EXPOSE) + -ion- -ION]
Syn. 1. exhibit, demonstration, display, presentation. 3. elucidation, commentary; critique, interpretation, exegesis, explication.

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