An elucidation is really just a fancy name for an "explanation." Sherlock Holmes revealing his deductions to Dr. Watson is a classic example of elucidation.

Because of its suggestion of complexity, elucidation is a word often used in a scientific or educational context: scientists will elucidate their latest theories to the public or a college professor will elucidate some complicated theorem to their students. You need to be wide awake for an elucidation. There's often a test to follow.

Definitions of elucidation

n an act of explaining that serves to clear up and cast light on

Type of:
the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible

n an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding

clarification, illumination
clarification that follows from the removal of ambiguity
lexical disambiguation
disambiguation of the sense of a polysemantic word
Type of:
an explanation that results from interpreting something

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