explanation

[ ek-spluh-ney-shuhn ]
/ ˌɛk spləˈneɪ ʃən /

noun

the act or process of explaining.
something that explains; a statement made to clarify something and make it understandable; exposition: an explanation of a poem.
a meaning or interpretation: to find an explanation for a mystery.
a mutual declaration of the meaning of words spoken, actions, motives, etc., with a view to adjusting a misunderstanding or reconciling differences: After a long and emotional explanation they were friends again.

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Origin of explanation

1350–1400; Middle English explanacioun < Latin explānātiōn- (stem of explānātiō), equivalent to explānāt(us) (see explanate) + -iōn- -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM explanation

o·ver·ex·pla·na·tion, nounpre·ex·pla·na·tion, nounre·ex·pla·na·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for explanation

explanation
/ (ˌɛkspləˈneɪʃən) /

noun

the act or process of explaining
a statement or occurrence that explains
a clarification of disputed terms or points; reconciliation
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