Explanation

  • 1 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

  • 2 Explanation — (lat.), Erklärung, Erläuterung, Auslegung; explanatīv, erläuternd; explanieren, auslegen …

    Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • 3 Explanation — Explanation, lat. dtsch., Erklärung; explanativ, erklärend; explaniren, erklären …

    Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • 4 explanation — I noun amplification, annotation, clarification, commentary, deciphering, defense, definition, delineation, demonstration, description, elucidation, enucleation, exegesis, exemplification, explanatio, explicatio, explication, exposition,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 explanation — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ convincing, credible, good, likely, logical, natural, obvious, plausible, probable, rational ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 9 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

  • 10 explanation */*/*/ — UK [ˌekspləˈneɪʃ(ə)n] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms explanation : singular explanation plural explanations 1) a reason you give for something that has happened or something you have done I expected an explanation and an apology.… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 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

  • 12 explanation — /ek spleuh nay sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of explaining. 2. something that explains; a statement made to clarify something and make it understandable; exposition: an explanation of a poem. 3. a meaning or interpretation: to find an… …

    Universalium

  • 13 explanation — Since so much of life both inside and outside the study is concerned with finding explanations of things, it would be desirable to have a concept of what counts as a good explanation, and what distinguishes good from bad. Under the influence of… …

    Philosophy dictionary

  • 14 explanation — ex|pla|na|tion W2S3 [ˌekspləˈneıʃən] n 1.) [U and C] the reasons you give for why something happened or why you did something ▪ I think you owe me an explanation (=you should explain to me) . explanation of/for ▪ There is no convincing… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 explanation — ex|pla|na|tion [ ,eksplə neıʃn ] noun count or uncount *** 1. ) a reason you give for something that has happened or something you have done: I expected an explanation and an apology. explanation for: The explanation for this is simple.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 explanation — noun 1 (C, U) the reasons given for why something happened or why you did something: I m waiting to hear your explanation. (+ for): He d better have a good explanation for his behaviour! (+ of): Did Valerie give any explanation of why she was… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 Explanation — An explanation is a description which may clarify causes, , and consequences of a certain object, and a phenomenon such as a process, a state of affairs. This description may establish rules or laws, and may clarify the existing ones in relation… …

    Wikipedia

  • 18 explanation*/*/*/ — [ˌekspləˈneɪʃ(ə)n] noun [C/U] 1) a reason that you give for something that has happened or something that you have done I expected an explanation and an apology.[/ex] The explanation for this is simple.[/ex] He gave a detailed explanation of the… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 explanation — noun /ˌɛkspləˈneɪʃən/ a) The act or process of explaining The explanation was long and drawn out. b) Something that explains, makes understandable An explanation for each UFO sighting was easily found …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 explanation — noun 1) an explanation of the ideas contained in the essay Syn: clarification, simplification; description, report, statement; elucidation, exposition, expounding, explication; gloss, interpretation, commentary, exegesis 2) I owe you an… …

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