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Pronunciation:  `eksplu'neyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  thought that makes something comprehensible
  2. [n]  a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.; "the explanation was very simple"; "I expected a brief account"
  3. [n]  the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible; "I heard his explanation of the accident"

EXPLANATION is a 11 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: account
 See Also: accounting, base, basis, cerebration, cornerstone, definition, derivation, deriving, elucidation, etymologizing, explication, exposition, foundation, fundament, gloss, groundwork, intellection, interpretation, interpretation, interpreting, justification, key, mentation, natural history, principle, rationale, rationalisation, rationalization, reason, rendering, rendition, rubric, simplification, speech act, statement, theory, thinking, thought



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ex`pla*na"tion\, n. [L. explanatio: cf. OF.
1. The act of explaining, expounding, or interpreting; the
   act of clearing from obscurity and making intelligible;
   as, the explanation of a passage in Scripture, or of a
   contract or treaty.

2. That which explains or makes clear; as, a satisfactory

3. The meaning attributed to anything by one who explains it;
   definition; interpretation; sense.

         Different explanations [of the Trinity]. --Bp.

4. A mutual exposition of terms, meaning, or motives, with a
   view to adjust a misunderstanding, and reconcile
   differences; reconciliation; agreement; as, to come to an

Syn: Definition; description; explication; exposition;
     interpretation; detail. See {Definition}.

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