[ ek-spli-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌɛk splɪˈkeɪ ʃən /


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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Examples from the Web for self-explication

  • What is a man but nature's finer success in self-explication?

    Essays, First Series|Ralph Waldo Emerson

British Dictionary definitions for self-explication


/ (ˌɛksplɪˈkeɪʃən) /


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 self-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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