An explanation is a set of statements usually constructed to describe a set of facts which clarifies the causes, context, and consequences of those facts. This description of the facts et cetera may establish rules or laws, and may clarify the existing rules or laws in relation to any objects, or phenomena examined. The components of an explanation can be implicit, and interwoven with one another.
An explanation is often underpinned by an understanding or norm that can be represented by different media such as music, text, and graphics. Thus, an explanation is subjected to interpretation, and discussion.
In scientific research, explanation is one of several purposes for empirical research. Explanation is a way to uncover new knowledge, and to report relationships among different aspects of studied phenomena. Explanation attempts to answer the "why" and "how" questions. Explanations have varied explanatory power. The formal hypothesis is the theoretical tool used to verify explanation in empirical research.
obsolete form of explanation
misspelling of explanation
The act or process of explaining.
"The explanation was long and drawn-out."
Something that explains, makes understandable.
"An explanation for the UFO sightings was easily found."
A resolution of disputed points pursuant to discussion; a mutual clarification of disputed points; reconciliation.
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.
That which explains or makes clear; as, a satisfactory explanation.
The meaning attributed to anything by one who explains it; definition; interpretation; sense.
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.
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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