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noun ex·pla·na·tion \ˌek-splə-ˈnā-shən\

Simple Definition of explanation

  • : the act or process of making something clear or easy to understand : the act or process of telling, showing, or being the reason for or cause of something

  • : something (such as a statement or fact) that explains something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of explanation

  1. 1 :  the act or process of explaining

  2. 2 :  something that explains <gave no explanation>

Examples of explanation in a sentence

  1. The professor's explanation was that the poem is really a parody.

  2. <an explanation of photosynthesis that most museum visitors will be able to understand>



14th Century

First Known Use of explanation

14th century



EXPLANATION Defined for Kids

explanation

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noun ex·pla·na·tion \ˌek-splə-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of explanation for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or process of making clear or giving reasons for <“Nothin' happened,” said Stacey in explanation … — Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder>

  2. 2 :  a statement that makes something clear or gives reasons for something





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