explanation

noun ex·pla·na·tion \ ˌek-splə-ˈnā-shən \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of explanation

1 : the act or process of explaining
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

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First Known Use of explanation

14th century



EXPLANATION Defined for English Language Learners

explanation

noun

Definition of explanation for English Language Learners

  • : 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


EXPLANATION Defined for Kids

explanation

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

Definition of explanation for Students

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


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