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
Related Words for unexplainablebaffling, enigmatic, incomprehensible, indecipherable, indescribable, inscrutable, insoluble, mysterious, mystifying, obscure, odd, peculiar, puzzling, strange, unaccountable, unfathomable, unintelligible, unsolvable, inexplainable, undefinable
Examples from the Web for unexplainable
Contemporary Examples of unexplainable
Weiss, who had been in the firehouse consoling families throughout the day, said he struggled to explain the unexplainable.Sandy Hook, Connecticut: A Small Town Devastated
Eliza Shapiro, Matthew Zeitlin
December 15, 2012
The series regulars sang original songs in her imagination, but did not actually break into any unexplainable dance routines.11 Legendary Musical TV Episodes
The Daily Beast
April 1, 2011
“There is something about the DNA of Israeli innovation that is unexplainable,” Shainberg said.Marching Through the Meltdown
Dan Senor, Saul Singer
October 25, 2009
But because the amounts differ, it was either a lab error or an unexplainable anomaly.Zero Hour for Amanda Knox
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 19, 2009
Historical Examples of unexplainable
Creaks and cracks and rustlings mysterious and unexplainable.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
But again that unexplainable, senseless "hunch" restrained him.
But beneath it all there was a deep undercurrent of some unexplainable feeling.Pearl and Periwinkle
Something was happening, though—something odd 203 and unexplainable.'Drag' Harlan
Charles Alden Seltzer
Likely it was one of the unexplainable things that happen once in a while.The Radio Boys Trailing a Voice
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.