[ek-spli-kanz] /ˈɛk splɪˌkænz/

noun, plural explicantia
[ek-spli-kan-shee-uh] /ˌɛk splɪˈkæn ʃi ə/ (Show IPA)
the meaning of a term or statement, as in a philosophical discussion.


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  • Explication

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  • Explicative

    [ek-spli-key-tiv, ik-splik-uh-tiv] /ˈɛk splɪˌkeɪ tɪv, ɪkˈsplɪk ə tɪv/ adjective 1. explanatory; interpretive. adj. 1640s, “having the function of explaining,” from Latin explicativus, from explicare (see explicit). As a noun, from 1775.

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