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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.


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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