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explication

[ek-spli-key-shuh n] /ˌɛk splɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of explicating.
2.
an explanation; interpretation:
He gave a brilliant explication of James Joyce's book.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Middle French < Latin explicātiōn- (stem of explicātiō). See explicate, -ion
Related forms
reexplication, noun
self-explication, noun
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  • It is a stream of impressions, with no story line, character development or single incontrovertible explication.
  • Careful explication of complex scientific concepts written in accessible language.
  • But that is simply to relocate the problem in a phrase that itself demands explication.
  • But his explication of the text is more often than not pretentious, self-indulgent and in places downright unfathomable.
  • And the program features a contrived plot synopsis instead of a standard explication of the story.
  • Paradoxically that makes them less accessible than they would have been through longer, more patient explication.
  • Then again, it could be that the audience for art has grown explication dependent.
  • One book delivered a long explication but saved the killer's name for its final two words.
  • Anticipating understanding prompts exploration, learning, experimentation and explication.
  • By including such words, even a short poem can invoke a range of emotions without resorting to explication.
British Dictionary definitions for explication

explication

/ˌɛksplɪˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of explicating
2.
analysis or interpretation, esp of a literary passage or work or philosophical doctrine
3.
a comprehensive exposition or description
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Word Origin and History for explication
n.

1520s, from Middle French explication, from Latin explicationem (nominative explicatio), noun of action from past participle stem of explicare (see explicit).

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