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Word forms "explanation":
singular explanation plural explanations1) a reason you give for something that has happened or something you have doneexplanation for:
I expected an explanation and an apology.explanation of:
The explanation for this is simple.give/offer/provide an explanation:
He gave a detailed explanation of the events leading up to the accident.
You must give me some sort of explanation!2) a description of how something works or of how to do somethingexplanation of/about:
This book provides a clear explanation of how to use the Internet.
English dictionary. 2014.
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Explanation — Ex pla*na tion, n. [L. explanatio: cf. OF. esplanation.] 1. 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 … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Explanation — (lat.), Erklärung, Erläuterung, Auslegung; explanatīv, erläuternd; explanieren, auslegen … Kleines Konversations-Lexikon
Explanation — Explanation, lat. dtsch., Erklärung; explanativ, erklärend; explaniren, erklären … Herders Conversations-Lexikon
explanation — I noun amplification, annotation, clarification, commentary, deciphering, defense, definition, delineation, demonstration, description, elucidation, enucleation, exegesis, exemplification, explanatio, explicatio, explication, exposition,… … Law dictionary
explanation — (n.) late 14c., from L. explanationem (nom. explanatio), noun of action from pp. stem of explanare to make plain or clear, explain, lit. make level, flatten, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + planus flat (see PLANE (Cf. plane) (n … Etymology dictionary
explanation — [n] clarification; reason account, annotation, answer, breakdown, brief, cause, comment, commentary, confession, definition, demonstration, description, details, display, elucidation, evidence, example, excuse, explication, exposition, expression … New thesaurus
explanation — [eks΄plə nā′shən] n. [ME explanacioun < L explanatio < pp. of explanare] 1. the act of explaining 2. something that explains 3. the interpretation, meaning, or sense given in explaining 4. a mutual defining of terms, declaration of motives … English World dictionary
explanation — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ convincing, credible, good, likely, logical, natural, obvious, plausible, probable, rational ▪ … Collocations dictionary
explanation — n. 1) to give, offer, provide an explanation 2) to accept an explanation 3) a lucid; rational; satisfactory; simple; unsatisfactory explanation 4) an explanation for 5) an explanation that + clause (they accepted her explanation that she had been … Combinatory dictionary
explanation — [[t]e̱kspləne͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] ♦♦♦ explanations 1) N COUNT: also of/in N If you give an explanation of something that has happened, you give people reasons for it, especially in an attempt to justify it. She told the court she would give a full… … English dictionary