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"
thought that makes something comprehensible
the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible
"I heard his explanation of the accident"
The act or process of explaining
The explanation was long and drawn-out.
Something that explains, makes understandable
An explanation for each UFO sighting was easily found.
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.
Origin: From explanatio, from explanare; see explain.
the act of explaining, expounding, or interpreting; the act of clearing from obscurity and making intelligible; as, the explanation of a passage in Scripture, or of a contract or treaty
that which explains or makes clear; as, a satisfactory explanation
the meaning attributed to anything by one who explains it; definition; interpretation; sense
a mutual exposition of terms, meaning, or motives, with a view to adjust a misunderstanding, and reconcile differences; reconciliation; agreement; as, to come to an explanation
An explanation is a set of statements constructed to describe a set of facts which clarifies the causes, context, and consequences of those facts. This description may establish rules or laws, and may clarify the existing ones in relation to any objects, or phenomena examined. The components of an explanation can be implicit, and be interwoven with one another. An explanation is often underpinned by an understanding that is represented by different media such as music, text, and graphics. Thus, an explanation is subjected to interpretation, and discussion. In scientific research, explanation is one of the purposes of research, e.g., exploration and description. Explanation is a way to uncover new knowledge, and to report relationships among different aspects of studied phenomena. Explanations have varied explanatory power.
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Rank popularity for the word 'explanation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2137
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'explanation' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3976
Rank popularity for the word 'explanation' in Nouns Frequency: #734
The numerical value of explanation in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of explanation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Any explanation is better than no explanation.
A superstition is a premature explanation that overstays its time.
Explanation separates us from astonishment, which is the only gateway to the incomprehensible.
It needs to be investigated. All these doubts need to be dispelled fully and clearly, we now have another case with no explanation.
There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.
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Translations for explanation
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- оправдание, обяснениеBulgarian
- explicacióCatalan, Valencian
- Ausführung, Erklärung, ErläuterungGerman
- εξήγηση, δικαιολογίαGreek
- selittäminen, selitysFinnish
- soilleireachadh, mìneachadhScottish Gaelic
- uitleg, verklaring, toelichting, uitvluchtDutch
- explicação, explanaçãoPortuguese
- explicație, explicareRomanian
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