- the act of explicating.
- an explanation; interpretation: He gave a brilliant explication of James Joyce's book.
Origin of explication
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What is a man but nature's finer success in self-explication?Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- 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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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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