Word of the Day – Elucidation

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Elucidation (noun)

e-loo-sid-ay-shun

Explanation that makes something clear; clarification.

Mid 16th century: from late Latin elucidat- ‘made clear’, from the verb elucidare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + lucidus ‘lucid’.

Example sentences

“We feel that the elucidation of some ground rules may help.”

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