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Elaboration is the act of adding more information to existing information to create a more complex, emergent whole. It can be defined as adding details or "expanding on" an idea. It involves developing an idea by incorporating details to amplify the original simple idea. Elaboration enhances ideas and objects by providing nuance and detail.[1][2] Elaboration may involve planning or executing a task with painstaking attention to numerous parts or details.

Examples of elaboration[edit]

In the law, a bill of particulars is an elaboration of allegations, theories of law, and facts contained in another pleading, such as a complaint, answer, or reply.

In mathematics, an iteration is the elaboration of a function.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Torrance, P., Torrance Framework for Creative Thinking
  2. ^ KU, Elaboration Strategies