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Definition of Explanation


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

Explanation Quotations

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
Thomas Aquinas

Do not seek the because - in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.
Anais Nin

There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.
George Eliot

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
C. S. Lewis

There is a correlation between economic inequality and personal violence. The explanation for the correlation isn't completely clear; there are a number of possibilities.
Steven Pinker
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Explanation Translations

explanation in Afrikaans is verduideliking
explanation in Danish is forklaring
explanation in Dutch is toelichting, explicatie
explanation in Italian is definizione, interpretazione, spiegazione
explanation in Latin is explicatus
explanation in Norwegian is forklaring
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