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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Explanation  \Ex`pla*na"tion\,  n.  [L.  explanatio:  cf  OF 
  esplanation.] 
  1.  The  act  of  explaining,  expounding,  or  interpreting;  the 
  act  of  clearing  from  obscurity  and  making  intelligible; 
  as  the  explanation  of  a  passage  in  Scripture,  or  of  a 
  contract  or  treaty. 
 
  2.  That  which  explains  or  makes  clear;  as  a  satisfactory 
  explanation. 
 
  3.  The  meaning  attributed  to  anything  by  one  who  explains  it 
  definition;  interpretation;  sense 
 
  Different  explanations  [of  the  Trinity].  --Bp. 
  Burnet. 
 
  4.  A  mutual  exposition  of  terms,  meaning,  or  motives,  with  a 
  view  to  adjust  a  misunderstanding,  and  reconcile 
  differences;  reconciliation;  agreement;  as  to  come  to  an 
  explanation. 
 
  Syn:  Definition;  description;  explication;  exposition; 
  interpretation;  detail.  See  {Definition}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  explanation 
  n  1:  a  statement  that  explains;  "he  launched  into  a  detailed 
  explanation";  "he  demanded  that  I  give  an  account  for  my 
  failure"  [syn:  {account}] 
  2:  thought  that  makes  something  comprehensible 




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