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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Examples from the Web for unexplained
A place where unexplained delays are a matter of course, and where public fingernail clipping is considered only a minor sin.Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway|Kevin Zawacki|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One woman said her dog came back from Green Acre with unexplained chemical burns.Arizona Opens Investigation Into Deadly Doggie Disneyland|Caitlin Dickson|June 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the time of her death police said the death was “non-suspicious” but “unexplained.”
They were well aware of the public anxiety that follows a large loss of life in unexplained circumstances.
“The death is being treated as a non-suspicious, but unexplained, sudden death,” a spokesman said.Peaches Geldof, Daughter of Rock Star Bob Geldof, Dies at 25|Nico Hines, Tom Sykes|April 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These two birds have for centuries, from some unexplained cause, been always associated together.The Ornithology of Shakespeare|James Edmund Harting
How would she receive him, coming out of nowhere, unheralded and unexplained?The Kingdom Round the Corner|Coningsby Dawson
Many of the circumstances of the late disastrous meeting were to her as yet unexplained.The Cavaliers of Virginia|William A. Caruthers
If it is said that there are unexplained contradictions in the Bible, that fact is remembered.The Greatest English Classic|Cleland Boyd McAfee
Suddenly occurred a useless, unexplained pause of twenty-four hours.The Campaign of Chancellorsville|Theodore A. Dodge