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Explanation Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • thought that makes something comprehensible
  • a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.; "the explanation was very simple"; "I expected a brief account"
  • the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible; "I heard his explanation of the accident"

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  • a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.; "the explanation was very simple"; "I expected a brief account" ,
  • thought that makes something comprehensible ,
  • the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible; "I heard his explanation of the accident"

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Explanation Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


An explanation is an attempt to answer the question "why". Asked of a person it is a question about motive: "why did you do this?". Asked of a natural event is is a question about natural causes (causation).

In science, an explanation is the link between an event which is a cause, and a second event, which is an effect. The phrase "cause and effect" refers to this. The relationship between the two events is known as causality. The philosopher Mario Bunge said, "We do not rest content with finding facts but wish to know why they should occur rather than not".

As a general rule, explanations move from what we know to what we do not know. This is important because it explains why different kinds of people may need different explanations. "A child, a lay person and an expert may need different explanations of the same thing, since what is already familiar to them will differ".



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'Explanation' example sentence in quotations


* There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms. - George Eliot

* There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish to bewail it senseless. - W. Somerset Maugham

* Scientists are the easiest to fool. They think in straight, predictable, directable, and therefore misdirectable, lines. The only world they know is the one where everything has a logical explanation and things are what they appear to be. Children and conjurors - they terrify me. Scientists are no problem against them I feel quite confident. - James P. Hogan


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  • IOC seeks explanation of Russian member's comments
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee is asking Russian member Shamil Tarpischev for a "full explanation" of his comments about Venus and Serena Williams that led to him being fined and suspended by the women's tennis tour. Read more on this news related to 'Explanation'
  • Commissioner: Mailer explanation leaves questions
    The Montana commissioner of political practices says Stanford University's explanation of a research project that sent 100,000 election mailers to Montana voters leaves many unanswered questions. Read more on this news related to 'Explanation'
  • Top senator demands explanation from Whisper after user tracking revelations
    Senator Jay Rockefeller emphasises concern over location tracking and says Guardian revelations raise serious questions Revealed: how Whisper tracks anonymous users Ten questions Whisper must answer on Capitol Hill Continue reading... Read more on this news related to 'Explanation'

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