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Monday, February 12, 2001

Definitions for explicate

  1. To explain; to clear of difficulties or obscurity.

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Citations for explicate
I can cite a case -- my own -- of a young person's being altered politically by a novel, but I cannot explicate the process, let alone explain it in terms of the author's intention or literary strategies. Mary McCarthy, New York Times
The French baccalaureate exam asked students to explicate a passage from Kant. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic
Origin of explicate
Explicate comes from Latin explicare, "to unfold; to unfold the meaning or sense of; to explain, expound, or interpret," from ex-, "out" + plicare, "to fold."
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