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explanation

[ek-spluh-ney-shuh n] /ˌɛk spləˈneɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of explaining.
2.
something that explains; a statement made to clarify something and make it understandable; exposition:
an explanation of a poem.
3.
a meaning or interpretation:
to find an explanation for a mystery.
4.
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.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English explanacioun < Latin explānātiōn- (stem of explānātiō), equivalent to explānāt(us) (see explanate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
overexplanation, noun
preexplanation, noun
reexplanation, noun
Synonyms
1. elucidation, explication, exposition, interpretation, description. 3. solution, key, answer.
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British Dictionary definitions for ex-planations

explanation

/ˌɛkspləˈneɪʃən/
noun
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 and History for ex-planations

explanation

n.

late 14c., from Latin explanationem (nominative explanatio), noun of action from past participle stem of explanare "to make plain or clear, explain," literally "make level, flatten," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + planus "flat" (see plane (n.1)).

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