explanation

noun
ex·​pla·​na·​tion | \ ˌek-splə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce explanation (audio) \

Definition of explanation

1 : the act or process of explaining
2 : something that explains gave no explanation

Examples of explanation in a Sentence

The professor's explanation was that the poem is really a parody. an explanation of photosynthesis that most museum visitors will be able to understand
Recent Examples on the Web But the explanation might lie in a familiar culprit: the composition of the baseball itself, which has faced scrutiny for being inconsistent and unpredictable in recent years. Christian Richey, WSJ, 14 May 2022 The relief came after the health care workers spent hours in the sun and clung to every word of the judge’s lengthy sentencing explanation, some linked in a chain with hands locked. Sarah Rumpf, Fox News, 14 May 2022 Deadpool’s absence from Multiverse of Madness has a different explanation. Chris Smith, BGR, 13 May 2022 The third explanation might be called the allure of pure genius. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 13 May 2022 The relief came after the health care workers spent hours in the sun and clung to every word of the judge's lengthy sentencing explanation, some linked in a chain with hands locked. CBS News, 13 May 2022 The eruption has defied easy explanation and upended scientists' understanding of this type of volcano. Katie Hunt, CNN, 12 May 2022 However, Sonja Wild, a behavioral ecologist at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, is skeptical about this explanation. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 May 2022 No one has offered any specific explanation as to why these cops would have reason to stop this bus. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of explanation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 May 2022

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“Explanation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explanation. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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explanation

noun
ex·​pla·​na·​tion | \ ˌek-splə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce explanation (audio) \

Kids Definition of explanation

1 : the act or process of making clear or giving reasons for "Nothin' happened," said Stacey in explanation— Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
2 : a statement that makes something clear or gives reasons for something

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