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From Latin explanatio (an explanation, interpretation), from explanare (explain); see explain. Morphologically explain +‎ -ation. Displaced native Old English racu.

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  • IPA(key): /ˌɛkspləˈneɪʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

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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. A resolution of disputed points pursuant to discussion; a mutual clarification of disputed points; reconciliation.
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, volume III, chapter 3:
      This little explanation with Mr. Knightley gave Emma considerable pleasure.

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