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Explicate vs. Expletive

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Explicateverb

(transitive) To explain meticulously or in great detail; to elucidate; to analyze.

‘My homework is to explicate a poem.’;

Expletiveadjective

Serving to fill up, merely for effect, otherwise redundant.

Explicateadjective

(obsolete) Evolved; unfolded.

Expletiveadjective

Marked by expletives (phrase-fillers).

Explicateadjective

Evolved; unfolded.

Expletivenoun

A profane, vulgar term, notably a curse or obscene oath.

‘If we don't take advantage of any [expletive] in any way, then it's our loss.’;

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Explicateverb

To unfold; to expand; to lay open.

Expletivenoun

(linguistics) A word without meaning added to fill a syntactic position.

Explicateverb

To unfold the meaning or sense of; to explain; to clear of difficulties or obscurity; to interpret.

‘The last verse of his last satire is not yet sufficiently explicated.’;

Expletivenoun

(linguistics) A word that adds to the strength of a phrase without affecting its meaning.

Explicateverb

make palin and comprehensible;

‘He explained the laws of physics to his students’;

Expletiveadjective

Filling up; hence, added merely for the purpose of filling up; superfluous.

‘Expletive phrases to plump his speech.’;

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Explicateverb

elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses;

‘Could you develop the ideas in your thesis’;

Expletivenoun

A word, letter, or syllable not necessary to the sense, but inserted to fill a vacancy; an oath.

‘While explectives their feeble aid to join,And ten low words oft creep in one dull line.’;

Expletivenoun

profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger;

‘expletives were deleted’;

Expletivenoun

a word or phrase conveying no independent meaning but added to fill out a sentence or metrical line

Expletive

An expletive is a word or phrase inserted into a sentence that is not needed to express the basic meaning of the sentence. It is regarded as semantically null or a placeholder.

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