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Expletive may refer to:

  • Syntactic expletive, a word that performs a syntactic role but contributes nothing to meaning
    • Expletive pronoun, a pronoun used as subject or other verb argument that is meaningless but syntactically required
  • Expletive attributive, a word that contributes nothing to meaning but suggests the strength of feeling of the speaker
  • Profanity or swear word, a word or expression that is strongly impolite or offensive