What does explanation mean?

Definitions for explanation
ˌɛk spləˈneɪ ʃənex·pla·na·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. explanation, accountnoun

    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"

  2. explanationnoun

    thought that makes something comprehensible

  3. explanationnoun

    the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible

    "I heard his explanation of the accident"

Wiktionary

  1. explanationnoun

    The act or process of explaining

    The explanation was long and drawn-out.

  2. explanationnoun

    Something that explains, makes understandable

    An explanation for each UFO sighting was easily found.

  3. explanationnoun

    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.

  4. Etymology: From explanatio, from explanare; see explain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Explanationnoun

    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

  2. Explanationnoun

    that which explains or makes clear; as, a satisfactory explanation

  3. Explanationnoun

    the meaning attributed to anything by one who explains it; definition; interpretation; sense

  4. Explanationnoun

    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

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  1. 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.

Editors Contribution

  1. explanation

    The act and process of to explain.

    The explanation was crystal clear and we all understood.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 6, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'explanation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2137

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'explanation' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3976

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'explanation' in Nouns Frequency: #734

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of explanation in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of explanation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of explanation in a Sentence

  1. Nick Pope:

    None of this detracts from the fact that they provide a valuable service to UFO witnesses, with field investigators looking into the sightings, sometimes turning up a conventional explanation and other times simply giving perplexed witnesses someone with whom to engage.

  2. Judge Clare:

    On material that I currently have before me, I find your client’s explanation not credible.

  3. Duncan Levin:

    There may be a completely innocent explanation for it, but it definitely is a sinister data point.

  4. Stefan Gustafsson:

    The fire department has confirmed that there is no gas in that building, so we have ruled out a gas leak for the moment, there is no natural explanation for the explosion.

  5. Eugene Ionesco:

    Explanation separates us from astonishment, which is the only gateway to the incomprehensible.

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