ex planation


the act or process of explaining.
something that explains; a statement made to clarify something and make it understandable; exposition: an explanation of a poem.
a meaning or interpretation: to find an explanation for a mystery.
a mutual declaration of the meaning of words spoken, actions, motives, etc., with a view to adjusting a misunderstanding or reconciling differences: After a long and emotional explanation they were friends again.

1350–1400; Middle English explanacioun < Latin explānātiōn- (stem of explānātiō), equivalent to explānāt(us) (see explanate) + -iōn- -ion

overexplanation, noun
preexplanation, noun
reexplanation, noun

1. elucidation, explication, exposition, interpretation, description. 3. solution, key, answer.
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explanation (ˌɛkspləˈneɪʃən)
1.  the act or process of explaining
2.  a statement or occurrence that explains
3.  a clarification of disputed terms or points; reconciliation

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. explanationem noun of action from explanare "to make plain or clear, explain," lit. "make level, flatten," from ex- "out" + planus "flat" (see plane (1)).
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