[ek-spli-kuh-buh l, ik-splik-uh-buh l] /ˈɛk splɪ kə bəl, ɪkˈsplɪk ə bəl/

capable of being explained.
/ˈɛksplɪkəbəl; ɪkˈsplɪk-/
capable of being explained

1550s, from or on model of Latin explicabilis “capable of being unraveled, that may be explained,” from explicare (see explicit). Middle English had a verb expliken “explain, interpret” (mid-15c.).


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