- explaination (misspelling or obsolete spelling)
From Latin explanatio (“an explanation, interpretation”), from explanare (“explain”); see explain. Morphologically explain + -ation. Displaced native Old English racu.
explanation (countable and uncountable, plural explanations)
- The act or process of explaining.
- The explanation was long and drawn-out.
- Something that explains, makes understandable.
- An explanation for the UFO sightings was easily found.
- 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.
- (act or process of explaining): clarification; elucidation; elaboration; explaining; explication; femsplaining (pej., particularly by a feminist to a man); mansplaining, mansplanation (pej., particularly by a man to a woman)
the act or process of explaining
something that explains
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- “explanation”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “explanation”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.