verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to diminish or nullify the significance of by explanation: He couldn't explain away his absence from home at the time the robbery was committed.
- to dispel (doubts, difficulties, etc.) by explanation: She explained away the child's fears.
Origin of explain
Examples from the Web for explainable
Historical Examples of explainable
Just why this exception should occur is not explainable by any accepted rule.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
I can't say that it was deserved, but anyhow it was explainable.L'Assommoir
Edwin Smith having been proved to be Edgar Farmer, everything was explainable.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
As regards a ballet, it is difficult to say what is not explainable by pantomime.Diary of a Pilgrimage
Jerome K. Jerome
This is explainable by the nature of the country it traverses.
Word Origin for explain
early 15c., from Latin explanare "to make level, smooth out;" also "to explain, make clear" (see explanation).
Originally explane, spelling altered by influence of plain. Also see plane (v.2). In 17c., occasionally used more literally, of the unfolding of material things: Evelyn has buds that "explain into leaves" ["Sylva, or, A discourse of forest-trees, and the propagation of timber in His Majesties dominions," 1664]. Related: Explained; explaining; explains.