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

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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

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Screen time and potatoes might have some association with ill health, Lavine says, but the explanations for each link differ. Jessica Wapner, SELF, "How Worried Do You Really Need to Be About Your Screen Time?," 7 Feb. 2019 The article makes very clear that SimCity's NES version is incomplete, and as a result, its videos and explanations are arguably an easier way to explore the game than trying to load it yourself. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "You can now download the long-lost (and unfinished) SimCity NES port," 26 Dec. 2018 But he was never given any explanation for why WJR was terminating his contract. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Jim Brandstatter on Detroit Lions/WJR ouster: 'We all got blindsided'," 10 July 2018 Every exercise begins with a verbal explanation followed by a visual demonstration. Chuck Tannert, Popular Mechanics, "Here's How to Learn to Ride a Motorcycle and Get Your Motorcycle License," 7 Feb. 2019 My mind immediately tries to come up with an explanation. Devon Abelman, Allure, "K-Pop Group Monsta X Reveals the Skin-Care Tips That Make Their Complexions "Shine Forever"," 27 July 2018 Hans van Leeuwen, a retired professor of theoretical physics who has recently published a mathematical explanation of ice skating, said. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 That film has been dinged by critics in part for its hamfisted determination to provide a myth-deflating explanation of every miniscule aspect of the iconic Han Solo character. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Game of Thrones," 9 June 2018 But when orders started going unfulfilled with no explanation, members became irked. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "How Carola Jain, a Well-Connected New York Investor, Got Duped Into Funding the Fyre Festival," 26 Jan. 2019

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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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explanation

noun

English Language Learners 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

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

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