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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Quinn said Amazon has since changed its explanation for terminating the contract to blaming Allen for making statements saying that the #MeToo movement should not become a witch hunt. Larry Neumeister, The Seattle Times, "Amazon: Woody Allen’s #MeToo comments wrecked movie deal," 15 Apr. 2019 For instance, her original explanation posits that The Handmaid’s Tale is an example of hopepunk, because even though the world of that story is a grim dystopia, the main character never stops fighting against the system. Aja Romano, Vox, "In the era of Trump and apocalyptic change, Hopepunk is a storytelling template for #resistance — and hanging onto your humanity at all costs.," 27 Dec. 2018 Implicit in his explanation was the unwritten philosophical hierarchy of Anahata: Engineers at the top, then users, and then, long after that, cheerleaders, janitors, creationists, and, finally, the Anahata sales team. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Google’s former PR boss Jessica Powell wrote a satirical novel about tech and published it all on Medium," 2 Oct. 2018 Your explanation of benefits might list the cost as $1,000. Stephanie Booth, Fox News, "Is your hospital bill accurate?," 27 Sep. 2018 Every tax increase has its rationale and its explanation and its excuse. Joshua Miller And Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "After no new taxes pledge, Baker faces grand bargain bill — with an $800 million new tax," 26 June 2018 The growth in use is large and alarming, and provides its own explanation as to why Denmark has been chosen as a site for the expansion of such facilities. Feargus O'sullivan, WIRED, "Denmark's Carbon Footprint Is Set to Balloon—Blame Big Tech," 26 June 2018 But marrysmith has a strong (not to mention, long) explanation of how Christopher, Steve, and Ted were all in on the money laundering scheme. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "These Fan Theories About 'Dead to Me' Are Mind-Blowing," 17 May 2019 Zara Larsson shared a clip of Tati's explanation video, writing in the caption that James once tried to slide into her boyfriend's DMs. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes, Kylie Jenner, and TONS of Other Celebrities Respond to the James Charles/Tati Westbrook Feud," 15 May 2019

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First Known Use of explanation

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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