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What is the difference between explain and explicate?

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    Explicate will often be used when you are explaining something complex or philosophically deep. You would use this in academics, politics, finance, etc. It indicates that a very detailed explanation (including reasons why things are the way they are) is offered and that it will be complex.

    "He explicated the nature of political economy on foreign policy processes."

    Explain can be used for that same purpose or more common purposes, such as explaining instructions or very basic academic ideas. This may not include deep thinking and understanding of reasons behind ideas.

    "He explained how to use the new TV control."

    explain = you tell someone very clearly about something.
    explicate = you express your feeling or mood to someone ( but i'm not sure about this ).

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