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ex·pla·na·tion

 (ĕk′splə-nā′shən)
n.
1. The act or process of explaining: launched into a detailed explanation.
2. Something that explains: That was supposedly the explanation for their misdeeds.
3. A mutual clarification of misunderstandings; a reconciliation.

explanation

(ˌɛkspləˈneɪʃən)
n
1. the act or process of explaining
2. a statement or occurrence that explains
3. a clarification of disputed terms or points; reconciliation

ex•pla•na•tion

(ˌɛk spləˈneɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act or process of explaining.
2. something that explains.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.explanation - a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.explanation - a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.; "the explanation was very simple"; "I expected a brief account"
statement - a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc; "according to his statement he was in London on that day"
explanandum, explicandum - (logic) a statement of something (a fact or thing or expression) to be explained
explanans - (logic) statements that explain the explicandum; the explanatory premises
simplification - an explanation that omits superfluous details and reduces complexity
accounting - a convincing explanation that reveals basic causes; "he was unable to give a clear accounting for his actions"
reason - an explanation of the cause of some phenomenon; "the reason a steady state was never reached was that the back pressure built up too slowly"
justification - a statement in explanation of some action or belief
exposition - an account that sets forth the meaning or intent of a writing or discourse; "we would have understood the play better if there had been some initial exposition of the background"
explication - a detailed explanation of the meaning of something
gloss, rubric - an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text
deriving, etymologizing, derivation - (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase
definition - a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or symbol
interpretation - an explanation that results from interpreting something; "the report included his interpretation of the forensic evidence"
walk-through - a thorough explanation (usually accompanied by a demonstration) of each step in a procedure or process; "she gave me a walk-through of my new duties"
2.explanation - thought that makes something comprehensibleexplanation - thought that makes something comprehensible
interpreting, rendering, rendition, interpretation - an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious; "the edict was subject to many interpretations"; "he annoyed us with his interpreting of parables"; "often imitations are extended to provide a more accurate rendition of the child's intended meaning"
cerebration, intellection, mentation, thinking, thought process, thought - the process of using your mind to consider something carefully; "thinking always made him frown"; "she paused for thought"
rationale, principle - (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature); "the rationale for capital punishment"; "the principles of internal-combustion engines"
cornerstone, fundament, groundwork, basis, foundation, base - the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
key - something crucial for explaining; "the key to development is economic integration"
rationalization, rationalisation - the cognitive process of making something seem consistent with or based on reason
theory - a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena; "theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses"; "true in fact and theory"
3.explanation - the act of explainingexplanation - the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible; "I heard his explanation of the accident"
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
elucidation - an act of explaining that serves to clear up and cast light on
explication - the act of making clear or removing obscurity from the meaning of a word or symbol or expression etc.

explanation

noun
1. reason, meaning, cause, sense, answer, account, excuse, motive, justification, vindication, mitigation, the why and wherefore The president has given no explanation for his behaviour.

explanation

noun
2. A statement of causes or motives:
Translations
تَفْسير، تَعْليلشَرْحشَرْح، تَفْسير
vysvětlení
forklaringredegørelsebegrundelse
selitys
objašenjenje
magyarázat
skÿring
説明
설명
pojasnilo
förklaring
คำอธิบาย
lời giải thích

explanation

[ˌekspləˈneɪʃən] N (= act, statement) → explicación f; [of plan] → explicación f, exposición f; [of problem, mystery] → aclaración f; (= excuse) → disculpa f
what is the explanation of this?¿cómo se explica esto?
there must be some explanationtiene que haber alguna explicación
to offer or give an explanationdar explicaciones
they gave no explanation for the delayno dieron ninguna explicación por el retraso

explanation

[ˌɛkspləˈneɪʃən] nexplication f
explanation for sth → explication à qch
to find an explanation for sth → trouver une explication à qch
an explanation of sth → une explication de qch

explanation

n
Erklärung f; (of motives, situation, thoughts)Erläuterung f, → Erklärung f; (of mystery)Aufklärung f; it needs some/a little explanationes bedarf einer Erklärung/einer kurzen Erklärung, man muss das etwas/ein wenig erklären; he gave a long explanation of what he meanter erklärte lange, was er meinte; what is the explanation of this?wie ist das zu erklären?
(= justification)Erklärung f, → Rechtfertigung f; has he anything to say in explanation of his conduct?kann er irgendetwas zur Erklärung seines Verhaltens vorbringen?

explanation

[ˌɛkspləˈneɪʃn] nspiegazione f
to find an explanation for sth → trovare una spiegazione per qc
what have you to say in explanation? → qual è la sua giustificazione?

explain

(ikˈsplein) verb
1. to make (something) clear or easy to understand. Can you explain the railway timetable to me?; Did she explain why she was late?
2. to give, or be, a reason for. I cannot explain his failure; That explains his silence.
explanation (ekspləˈneiʃən) noun
1. the act or process of explaining. Let me give a few words of explanation.
2. a statement or fact that explains. There are several possible explanations for the explosion.
exˈplanatory (-ˈsplӕnə-) adjective
giving an explanation. There are explanatory notes in this book.
explain away
to get rid of (difficulties etc) by clever explaining. She could not explain away the missing money.

explanation

شَرْح vysvětlení forklaring Erklärung εξήγηση explicación selitys explication objašenjenje spiegazione 説明 설명 uitleg forklaring objaśnienie explicação объяснение förklaring คำอธิบาย açıklama lời giải thích 解释

explanation

n. explicación, interpretación.
References in classic literature ?
Then the eager spectators gathered round the count, demanding an explanation.
That's a queer explanation," Tom said in a low voice.
If you felt that you had to leave home this afternoon, you should have left some suitable explanation for your absence.
Still there is so much obscurity in the Indian traditions, and so much confusion in the Indian names, as to render some explanation useful.
It had the effect of banishing his assumed playfulness, which made his serious explanation the more irritating.
exclaimed Phoebe, surprised at this sudden explanation of the relationship between Hepzibah and her guest.
This I now opened, and had the satisfaction to find recorded by the old Surveyor's pen, a reasonably complete explanation of the whole affair.
How wonderful is it then --except after explanation --that this great monster, to whom corporeal warmth is as indispensable as it is to man; how wonderful that he should be found at home, immersed to his lips for life in those Arctic waters
The reader, who perhaps has never held much converse in the language of far-off Lithuania, will be glad of the explanation that the place was the rear room of a saloon in that part of Chicago known as "back of the yards.
Too proud to supplicate or seek explanation, he threw himself at once into a whirl of fashionable society, and in a fortnight from the time of the fatal letter was the accepted lover of the reigning belle of the season; and as soon as arrangements could be made, he became the husband of a fine figure, a pair of bright dark eyes, and a hundred thousand dollars; and, of course, everybody thought him a happy fellow.
Those who hold this belief say that herein lies the explanation that Dilsberg, besieged by Tilly and many a soldier before him, was never taken: after the longest and closest sieges the besiegers were astonished to perceive that the besieged were as fat and hearty as ever, and were well furnished with munitions of war--therefore it must be that the Dilsbergers had been bringing these things in through the subterranean passage all the time.
But next minute I whirled in on a kind of an explanation how a valley was different from a common servant and HAD to go to church whether he wanted to or not, and set with the family, on ac- count of its being the law.