- 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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He started at the words, and looked eagerly in her face for an explanation.
There could probably be no concealment, certainly no explanation.
Harry turned to Philip and spoke to him, shouting in his ear the explanation.
"I can't tell you what I mean," he was saying in explanation.
There must have been a sound, and he glanced over to the trapper for an explanation.
- the act or process of explaining
- a statement or occurrence that explains
- a clarification of disputed terms or points; reconciliation
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Word Origin and History for explanation
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