Definition of elucidation in US English:



  • Explanation that makes something clear; clarification.

    ‘work that led to the elucidation of the structure of proteins’
    • ‘And it seemed to me at the time to be the most brilliant elucidation of how people become trapped in the ruts of their romantic history.’
    • ‘The script, moreover, while restoring some of the gloss to the Hughes story, leans more to spectacle than elucidation where his affliction is concerned.’
    • ‘But Joyce is a naturally elucidating rather than a naturally metaphorizing writer, and in his elucidations the balance between what is included and what is excluded is almost always upset.’
    • ‘One would prefer the elucidation of some ground-rules.’
    • ‘The book begins with sharp social commentary, elucidation of concepts, and critiques of research methods typically used in the field.’
    explanation, clarification, illumination
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