I am looking for an English equivalent to the German "anschaulich, veranschaulichen".
Illustrate or illustrates feel most appropriate to me, but according to some dictionaries visual or figurative are more common or approriate.
Consider these two specific cases:
If I indeed have a picture, graph, etc. which can be used to describe the abstract topic.
If I do not have a specific graph, but would still like to describe the topic as "illustrative" as one easily can imagine something more tangible regarding the topic. For instance, "an illustrative/figurative(?) solution".
The NGram viewer seems to say that my impression is incorrect, and that illustrative is widely used. But is this actually correct?