from The Century Dictionary.

  • Serving, tending, or having power to elaborate; working out with minute attention to completeness and to details; laboriously bringing to a state of completion or perfection.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Serving or tending to elaborate; constructing with labor and minute attention to details.
  • adjective (Metaph.) the intellectual power of discerning relations and of viewing objects by means of, or in, relations; the discursive faculty; thought.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Serving to elaborate.


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  • The trick, Foer says, is to adopt a process known as "elaborative encoding", which involves converting information, such as a shopping list, into a series of "engrossing visual images".

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  • This is consistent with laboratory evidence – although rehearsing a list of words improves long-term memory for the material to some degree, a more effective strategy is so-called "elaborative" processing, which involves relating the information to associated facts and relevant knowledge.

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  • It may also be undervalued in progressive curricula that emphasize so-called elaborative methods, such as concept mapping.

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  • The more ludicrous, creative and elaborative you can be, the greater the chance of success.

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  • Those parents who adopt an elaborative style have children who produce more sophisticated narratives later on.

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  • Highest levels of recall were observed following question c, which involves deeper, more elaborative, meaning-based processing.

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  • However, if retention is measured after a one-week delay, repeated retrieval testing can lead to markedly better recall than repeated studying, even if the studying involves an elaborative learning strategy.

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  • Blunt, challenges the generally accepted ethos of elaborative learning -- which asks students to elaborate on material studied -- as more productive than straight retrieval.

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  • Adolescents who had been exposed to an elaborative conversational style in the preschool years produced earlier memories than those whose parents had tended just to repeat factual details.

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  • Indeed, elaborative processing is such a powerful memorisation technique that it appears not to matter whether you are trying to learn the elaborated information.

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