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
  1. noun
    an act of explaining that serves to clear up and cast light on
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    type of:
    the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible
  2. noun
    an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding
    synonyms: clarification, illumination
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    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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