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explicate

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Definition to explain something

or more rarely:  to logically elaborate upon an idea or theory
  • The Court applied the same analysis explicated in the prior case.
  • She taught us a technique for explicating poetry.
  • Explication Of The Place In Mark 9.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • "Explicate!" yells Janice.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • I continue my explication of tubers, bulbs, and legumes, as if nothing has happened.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • This was a little unfortunate, the topic being one close to his lordship's heart and one he was inclined to explicate at some length.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • "So when you go looking for a piece of information it searches not just for what you've explicated but also your back-thoughts of what you really want.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • He took his way toward the hotel of M. de Treville; his visit of the day before, it is to be remembered, had been very short and very little explicative.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • 9 A sensitive explication of the rhetoric of Homer's heroes is Richard P. Martin, The Language of Heroes: Speech and Performance in the Iliad (Ithaca, 1989).
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • While the more typical Brown students will need to master the models for smooth explication and elegant grammar to excel, Cedric can ride on his strong and unique "personal perspective."
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • He felt he did not deserve for a moment the happiness his family brought to him, so that late at night, when he couldn't sleep, he imagined that he would write them a note explicating his sin completely.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Most barbarous intimation! yet a kind of insinuation, as it were, in via, in way, of explication; facere, as it were, replication, or rather, ostentare, to show, as it were, his inclination,—after his undressed, unpolished, uneducated, unpruned, untrained, or rather, unlettered, or ratherest, unconfirmed fashion,—to insert again my haud credo for a deer.
    William Shakespeare  --  Love's Labour's Lost
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • I know the difference between a raceme and a rhizome, I explicate photosynthesis, I can spell Scrofulariaciae.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • The manager looked to the Count with an expression of profound gratitude—that someone should understand what he had said so perfectly no further explication was required.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • For there is not one of them that begins his ratiocination from the Definitions, or Explications of the names they are to use; which is a method that hath been used onely in Geometry; whose Conclusions have thereby been made indisputable.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The Explication (that is, the setling of the meaning) of which, and the like Terms, is commonly in the Schools called Metaphysiques; as being a part of the Philosophy of Aristotle, which hath that for title: but it is in another sense; for there it signifieth as much, as "Books written, or placed after his naturall Philosophy:" But the Schools take them for Books Of Supernaturall Philosophy: for the word Metaphysiques will bear both these senses.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Had he been in my opinion a good preacher, perhaps I might have continued, notwithstanding the occasion I had for the Sunday's leisure in my course of study; but his discourses were chiefly either polemic arguments, or explications of the peculiar doctrines of our sect, and were all to me very dry, uninteresting, and unedifying, since not a single moral principle was inculcated or enforc'd, their aim seeming to be rather to make us Presbyterians than good citizens.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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