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
Examples from the Web for unexplainably
Historical Examples of unexplainably
Then, unexplainably, he received a mental message that all was well.
She only knew that his eyes were glittering and fixed; and that she herself was deeply, unexplainably appalled.The Sky Line of Spruce
Unexpectedly, unexplainably love had come into my life—the very love I had laughed at in others had made me captive.Gordon Craig
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.