by way of explanation


: as a reason or reasons
The company offered little by way of explanation for the delays.

Examples of by way of explanation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The author offers little more than platitudes by way of explanation for the decline of Christianity in the Middle East and fails to properly place the decline in any coherent historical context. Samuel Sweeney, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2021 Kroll told a story by way of explanation. New York Times, 3 Dec. 2020 Earlier this year, after Trump used the term in his State of the Union address, Jim Morhard, NASA’s deputy administrator, by way of explanation for the president’s choice of words, tweeted a skewed interpretation of the concept. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 17 Sep. 2020

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“By way of explanation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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