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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

An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.
C. S. Lewis

When you're a liar, a person of low moral fortitude, really any explanation you need to be true can be true. Especially if you're smart enough. You can figure out a way to justify anything.
Samuel Witwer

The Rose is without an explanation; She blooms, because She blooms.
Angelus Silesius

Facts which at first seem improbable will, even on scant explanation, drop the cloak which has hidden them and stand forth in naked and simple beauty.
Galileo Galilei
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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