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English noun: explanation

1. explanation (communication) a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.


SamplesThe explanation was very simple.
I expected a brief account.


Synonymsaccount


Broader (hypernym)statement


Narrower (hyponym)accounting, definition, derivation, deriving, etymologizing, explication, exposition, gloss, interpretation, justification, reason, rubric, simplification, walk-through


Part holonymexplanandum, explanans, explicandum

2. explanation (cognition) thought that makes something comprehensible


Broader (hypernym)cerebration, intellection, mentation, thinking, thought, thought process


Narrower (hyponym)interpretation, interpreting, key, principle, rationale, rationalisation, rationalization, rendering, rendition, theory


Part holonymbase, basis, cornerstone, foundation, fundament, groundwork

3. explanation (communication) the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible


SamplesI heard his explanation of the accident.


Broader (hypernym)speech act


Narrower (hyponym)elucidation, explication









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