What does clarification mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clarification, elucidation, illumination(noun)

    an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding

    "the professor's clarification helped her to understand the textbook"

  2. clearing, clarification(noun)

    the act of removing solid particles from a liquid


  1. clarification(Noun)

    The act of clarifying; the act or process of making clear or transparent by freeing visible impurities; particularly, the clearing or fining of liquid substances from feculent matter by the separation of the insoluble particles which prevent the liquid from being transparent.

    The clarification of wine.

  2. clarification(Noun)

    The act of freeing from obscurities.

    Your ideas deserve clarification.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clarification(noun)

    the act or process of making clear or transparent, by freeing visible impurities; as, the clarification of wine

  2. Clarification(noun)

    the act of freeing from obscurities

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. clarification, L. clarificatio glorification.]


  1. Clarification

    In journalism, a clarification is used to make a statement in a published story clearer. It refers to a statement in a story that may be subject to a misunderstanding or incorrect assumption. For instance, a published story about teacher layoffs states that the superintendent filed a notice of termination for the affected staff. Although that statement is factually correct as printed, it may lead to the assumption that the teachers were fired that night. A statement—in this case, a clarification—may be required, stating that the teachers then have time to appeal their dismissal before the termination takes effect. A clarification is not the same as a correction, which corrects factual errors in a published story. As with corrections, the policy for reporting statements which need to be made more clear varies with the newspaper; it usually involves a reader calling an editor and pointing out the story elements requiring clarification.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clarification in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clarification in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ron Barber:

    We are seeking clarification of the court's November 10 order at today's hearing and can not accept any payments, pending such clarification, without jeopardizing Ms Arnall's rights on appeal.

  2. Sajin De Vas Gunawardena:

    I have written a letter to the (bribery) commission seeking clarification and to say that I am available to be present at the commission any time, anyway, I've no intention of leaving the county. If I had wanted, I'd have gone by now.

  3. New York:

    There are going to be gray areas, i think what you're going to see over the next year or two are requests for clarification. Hopefully the department will react quickly and publicly so the industry can see who's required to be licensed and who doesn't need to be.

  4. Yukiya Amano:

    The purpose of the visit was to advance work towards the resolution of all outstanding issues regarding Iran's nuclear program, including clarification of possible military dimensions, i believe that both sides have a better understanding on some ways forward, though more work will be needed.

  5. Yukiya Amano:

    As far as the implementation of the comprehensive safeguards agreement, we have some good cooperation with Iran, we are also implementing the Joint Plan of Action and we can also say the implementation is good. But with respect to the clarification of issues with possible military dimensions, the progress is limited and this is the area where more ... cooperation from Iran is needed.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • توArabic
  • Verdeutlichung, ErläuterungGerman
  • αποσαφήνιση, διευκρίνισηGreek
  • clarificationFrench
  • chiarificazioneItalian
  • opheldering, verduidelijkingDutch
  • clarificareRomanian
  • разъясне́ние, очи́стка, очище́ние, объясне́ние, поясне́ние, проясне́ние, осветле́ниеRussian

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