explanation explanation  /ˌɛksplə ˈneɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.
  2. (n) thought that makes something comprehensible
  3. (n) the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible


  1. People who believe the second explanation live in a very different world from those who believe the first.
  2. Manager Scott Belcher could provide no explanation.
  3. The best explanation, Douyon believed, was that Narcisse had been poisoned in such a way that his vital signs could not be detected.


  1. EU justice chief seeks answers on U.S. data spying

    By Claire Davenport BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's chief justice official has written to the U.S. attorney general demanding an explanation for the collection of foreign nationals' data through its Prism spy program. In a letter seen by Reuters, the European commissioner for justice and fundamental rights, Viviane Reding, said she had serious concerns about the possibility that U.S ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. NEW: Mystery surrounds departure of Epiphany school principal

    Officials offer little explanation for departure of Irene Lynch, who led private campus for eight years.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Sarasota Herald-Tribune

  3. County Attorney Resigns Without Explanation

    The Richardson County attorney has resigned with no explanation for his action.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: WOWT Omaha


  1. "The whole of France needs to have an explanation for this disaster," captain Patrice Evra said after being benched for the match. "It's not the time to give them, but I will personally give them ...... what I went through, just the truth, as...
    on Jun 23, 2010 By: Patrice Evra Source: The Associated Press

  2. "Patrice received a grave insult from a member of Chelsea's staff," Tevez said. "He demanded an explanation and these men just wanted to attack Patrice.
    on Apr 28, 2008 By: Carlos Tevez Source: Telegraph.co.uk

  3. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded a full inquiry "to determine exactly how this bloodshed took place. I believe Israel must urgently provide a full explanation".
    on May 31, 2010 By: Mahmoud Abbas Source: Herald Scotland

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