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explication

Word definitions for explication in dictionaries

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1520s, from Middle French explication , from Latin explicationem (nominative explicatio ), noun of action from past participle stem of explicare "unfold; explain" (see explicit ).

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
The idea and practice of explication is rooted in the verb to explicate, which concerns the process of "unfolding" and of "making clear" the meaning of things, so as to make the implicit explicit. The expression "explication" is used in both analytic philosophy ...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. 1 The act of opening, unfolding, or explaining; explanation; exposition; interpretation. 2 The sense given by an expositor.

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Explication \Ex`pli*ca"tion\, n. [L. explicatio: cf. F. explication.] The act of opening, unfolding, or explaining; explanation; exposition; interpretation. The explication of our Savior's parables. --Atterbury. The sense given by an expositor. --Bp. ...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. the act of making clear or removing obscurity from the meaning of a word or symbol or expression etc. a detailed explanation of the meaning of something

Usage examples of explication.

What an explication it gives of those mysteries of evil, pain, sorrow and retribution, which often wrap the innocent and the wicked in one sad fate, if we but see that no individual stands alone, but trails along with him the unfinished sequels of all ancestral experience, and, furthermore, is so bound up with his simultaneous race that each is responsible for all and all for each, and that no one can be wholly saved or safe until all are redeemed and perfected!

Since no one had yet dissected a stitcher, the means by which their harpoons were propelled at such remarkable velocity remained open to explication.

But, in order to show how I there handled this matter, I mean here to give the explication of the motion of the heart and arteries, which, as the first and most general motion observed in animals, will afford the means of readily determining what should be thought of all the rest.

Quarterman's authoritative 719-page explication, The Matrix, Digital Press, 1990.

I was to report in mornings to come more heinous dreams (indeed, once I'd got the hang of interpretation I saw there was no wickedness my night-self didn't revel in, the grievouser the better, so that where several explications seemed plausible I chose without an eyeblink the flunkingest, as most in character, until Max pointed out to my distress that "

My explications of the plan, one by one in the evening, continue to go well.

For there is not one of them that begins his ratiocination from the Definitions, or Explications of the names they are to use.

His attentive posture, his flattering nods urged waterfalls of opinion, reminiscence, recollection, theorizing, guesstimating, exposition, synopsis and explication, juiced the life stories out of strangers.