explanation

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin explanatio (an explanation, interpretation), from explanare (explain); see explain.

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explanation (countable and uncountable, plural explanations)

  1. The act or process of explaining.
    The explanation was long and drawn-out.
  2. Something that explains, makes understandable.
    An explanation for the UFO sightings was easily found.
  3. (euphemistic) An excuse, apologetic justification not based on enough evidence.
    Hoover supporters' "explanations" and former status rarely save him from modern ridicule as a useless expense.

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