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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Weiss, who had been in the firehouse consoling families throughout the day, said he struggled to explain the unexplainable.
The series regulars sang original songs in her imagination, but did not actually break into any unexplainable dance routines.
“There is something about the DNA of Israeli innovation that is unexplainable,” Shainberg said.
But because the amounts differ, it was either a lab error or an unexplainable anomaly.
Why Wilkes should have failed to give the name of the writer is unexplainable.
It is a miraculous, unexplainable self-supply which occasions this increase.The Prophet Ezekiel|Arno C. Gaebelein
He is in that unexplainable mental condition which sometimes comes with extreme exhaustion.The Wolf's Long Howl|Stanley Waterloo
For some unexplainable reason Captain Hornaby tried to cross Harry's bow.The Further Adventures of Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks|Charles Felton Pidgin
There was an atmosphere about the yacht that was unexplainable.The White Waterfall|James Francis Dwyer