Etymology
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explicate (v.)

"give a detailed account of," 1530s, from Latin explicatus, past participle of explicare "unfold, unravel, explain," from ex "out" (see ex-) + plicare "to fold" (from PIE root *plek- "to plait"). Related: Explicated; explicating.

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Definitions of explicate

explicate (v.)
make plain and comprehensible;
Synonyms: explain
explicate (v.)
elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses;
Synonyms: formulate / develop
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