Explanation definition

ĕksplə-nāshən
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Something that explains.
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Something that explains.

That was supposedly the explanation for their misdeeds.

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The act or process of explaining.

Launched into a detailed explanation.

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The explanation was long and drawn-out.

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Something that explains, makes understandable.

An explanation for each UFO sighting was easily found.

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(euphemistic) An excuse, apologetic justification not based on enough evidence.

Hoover supporters' "explanations" and former status rarely save him from modern ridicule as a useless expense.

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A mutual clarification of misunderstandings; a reconciliation.
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The definition of an explanation is something that clarifies or makes clear.

An example of an explanation is telling how rain forms.

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The interpretation, meaning, or sense given in explaining.
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A mutual defining of terms, declaration of motives, etc. to clear up a misunderstanding or settle a dispute.
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The act of explaining.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
explanation
Plural:
explanations

Origin of explanation

  • From Latin explanatio (“an explanation, interpretation”), from explanare (“explain”); see explain.

    From Wiktionary