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Definition 1: thought that makes something comprehensible - [noun denoting cognition]

(explanation is a kind of ...) the process of using your mind to consider something carefully

"thinking always made him frown" "she paused for thought"

(... is a kind of explanation ) an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious

"the edict was subject to many interpretations" "he annoyed us with his interpreting of parables" "often imitations are extended to provide a more accurate rendition of the child's intended meaning"

(... is a kind of explanation ) (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature)

"the rationale for capital punishment" "the principles of internal-combustion engines"

(... is a kind of explanation ) something crucial for explaining

"the key to development is economic integration"

(... is a kind of explanation ) the cognitive process of making something seem consistent with or based on reason

(... is a kind of explanation ) a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena

"theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses" "true in fact and theory"

(explanation is a part of ...) the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

"the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"

Definition 2: a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc. - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where explanation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the explanation was very simple
  • I expected a brief account

Synonyms for explanation in the sense of this definition

(explanation is a kind of ...) a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

"according to his statement he was in London on that day"

(... is a kind of explanation ) an explanation that results from interpreting something

"the report included his interpretation of the forensic evidence"

(... is a kind of explanation ) a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or symbol

(... is a kind of explanation ) (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase

(... is a kind of explanation ) an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text

(... is a kind of explanation ) a detailed explanation of the meaning of something

(... is a kind of explanation ) an account that sets forth the meaning or intent of a writing or discourse

"we would have understood the play better if there had been some initial exposition of the background"

(... is a kind of explanation ) a statement in explanation of some action or belief

(... is a kind of explanation ) an explanation of the cause of some phenomenon

"the reason a steady state was never reached was that the back pressure built up too slowly"

(... is a kind of explanation ) a convincing explanation that reveals basic causes

"he was unable to give a clear accounting for his actions"

(... is a kind of explanation ) an explanation that omits superfluous details and reduces complexity

(... is a kind of explanation ) a thorough explanation (usually accompanied by a demonstration) of each step in a procedure or process

"she gave me a walk-through of my new duties"

(explanation is a part of ...) (logic) statements that explain the explicandum; the explanatory premises

(explanation is a part of ...) (logic) a statement of something (a fact or thing or expression) to be explained

Definition 3: the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where explanation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I heard his explanation of the accident

(explanation is a kind of ...) the use of language to perform some act

(... is a kind of explanation ) an act of explaining that serves to clear up and cast light on

(... is a kind of explanation ) the act of making clear or removing obscurity from the meaning of a word or symbol or expression etc.

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