Definition of explicandum in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɛksplɪˈkandəm/

noun (plural explicanda /ˌɛksplɪˈkandə/)

The fact, thing, or expression which is to be explained or explicated. Compare with explicans.
Example sentences
  • Such elucidation would only be plausible if we understood the explicans more clearly than the explicandum.
  • Forms of environmentalism abound, and often the text recognizes that explicans and explicandum can readily change places.


Mid 19th century: Latin, 'something to be explained', neuter gerundive of explicare.

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