[ek-spli-key-shuh n]


the act of explicating.
an explanation; interpretation: He gave a brilliant explication of James Joyce's book.

Origin of explication

1520–30; < Middle French < Latin explicātiōn- (stem of explicātiō). See explicate, -ion
Related formsre·ex·pli·ca·tion, nounself-ex·pli·ca·tion, noun
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Historical Examples of explication

  • Explication of the parable was left to the learned men to whom the story was addressed.

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

  • Paul's entire theology was nothing but the explication of his own conversion.

  • The phaenomenon may be real, though my explication be chimerical.

  • This explication is strengthened by what they did with their own fingers or their own lips.

    Modern Skepticism

    C. J. Ellicott

  • The explication of all this must be looked for in the sequel.

British Dictionary definitions for explication



the act or process of explicating
analysis or interpretation, esp of a literary passage or work or philosophical doctrine
a comprehensive exposition or description
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Word Origin and History for explication

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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