- Explanation Ex`pla*na"tion, n. [L. explanatio: cf. OF.
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. [1913 Webster]
Different explanations [of the Trinity]. --Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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