Definition of elaboration in English:



mass noun
  • 1The process of developing or presenting a theory, policy, or system in further detail.

    ‘his work led to the elaboration of a theory of evolution’
    ‘the concept needs more elaboration than a short essay allows’
    • ‘It is the very key to understanding the apostle Paul's elaboration of his doctrine of salvation.’
    • ‘Some of his recommendations need further theoretical elaboration and should be checked in actual operational and combat training.’
    • ‘What is significant here is seeing Sullivan applying it to the elaboration of a complex plan.’
    • ‘Central to this, for the author, is the elaboration of the labour theory of value: that profits are but unpaid wages.’
    • ‘These steps should be supplemented with the conceptual elaboration of political aspects of joint response to crises.’
    • ‘The period was marked both by the systematic elaboration and assertion of dynastic claims.’
    • ‘Women played an important role in the emergence of Poland's modern political movements and the elaboration of their ideologies.’
    • ‘Financial development refers to the expansion and elaboration of the financial structure, which encompasses institutions and instruments over time and space.’
    • ‘The use and elaboration of the method will undoubtedly find new applications in research and development work.’
    • ‘The establishment of a national identity and its domestic elaboration were the preoccupation of this period.’
    1. 1.1The addition of more detail concerning what has already been said.
      ‘the speech lacked any elaboration on concrete measures taken’
      ‘this is a point requiring elaboration’
      • ‘The figures in Jowell's letter need a little elaboration.’
      • ‘The seventeenth-century section could also have used some elaboration.’
      • ‘Gleach's observations evoke a number of points that warrant elaboration.’
      • ‘Each of these levels of analysis deserves more elaboration than we give here.’
      • ‘Bad Acting: I mentioned this earlier, but it bears some quick elaboration.’
      • ‘He provided some elaboration of his response to that plea in the course of his opening and in the course of answers to my questions.’
      • ‘This was by way of elaboration of his first statement, which dealt with the scope of the repainting undertaken using white and green paint.’
      • ‘I followed up with each of the 60 interviewees at least once, asking for clarification and elaboration.’
      • ‘But the flyers for these demonstrations just had a few slogans and no explanation or elaboration.’
      • ‘Please feel free to contact me should you want any elaboration on anything.’