What does explanation mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. explanation, account(noun)

    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. explanation(noun)

    thought that makes something comprehensible

  3. explanation(noun)

    the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible

    "I heard his explanation of the accident"

Wiktionary

  1. explanation(Noun)

    The act or process of explaining

    The explanation was long and drawn-out.

    Etymology: From explanatio, from explanare; see explain.

  2. explanation(Noun)

    Something that explains, makes understandable

    An explanation for each UFO sighting was easily found.

    Etymology: From explanatio, from explanare; see explain.

  3. explanation(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From explanatio, from explanare; see explain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Explanation(noun)

    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. Explanation(noun)

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

  3. Explanation(noun)

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

  4. Explanation(noun)

    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

Freebase

  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  

British National Corpus

  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

How to pronounce explanation?

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How to say explanation in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. H.W. Mann:

    Explanation of experience pulls us out of experience and into thought

  2. Brock Silvers:

    Exploding marketing expense is consuming the company, investors are rejecting management's explanation of rising costs as mere investment, and instead see a possible wobbly business model in competition with larger, better funded rivals.

  3. Zambendorf, _Code of the Lifemaker_ by James P. Hogan:

    Scientists are the easiest to fool. They think in straight, predictable, directable, and therefore misdirectable, lines. The only world they know is the one where everything has a logical explanation and things are what they appear to be. Children and conjurors--they terrify me. Scientists are no problem; against them I feel quite confident.

  4. Philip Fearnside:

    There is no other explanation other than the government's constant discourse plus the actual concrete actions in weakening environment.

  5. Natalya Sindeyeva:

    If it's not in the business interests (of cable networks) to cut off Dozhd, then what other reason can it be? There can be no explanation other than the political one.

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