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.
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Examples from the Web for explainable
Such occurrences, however they may startle us, are all explainable by the laws of probabilities.Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 21|Alexander Leighton
Edwin Smith having been proved to be Edgar Farmer, everything was explainable.Mary-'Gusta|Joseph C. Lincoln
But the grim expression on Murdock's face and the naked hate in his eyes were explainable on no other grounds.The World with a Thousand Moons|Edmond Hamilton
The balloting for the lists is explainable on very legitimate grounds.
This inconsistency in the work of a man so eminently gifted as Grundtvig is explainable only by his method of writing.Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark|Jens Christian Aaberg