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Synonyms for explanation
ˌɛk spləˈneɪ ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. explanation, account(noun)

    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"

    chronicle, business relationship, score, story, invoice, report, write up, history, account, accounting, news report, bill, account statement

  2. explanation(noun)

    thought that makes something comprehensible


  3. explanation(noun)

    the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible

    "I heard his explanation of the accident"



  1. explanation(noun)

    The act or process of explaining

    The explanation was long and drawn-out.

    clarification, elucidation, elaboration

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. explanation

    A definition is exact, an explanation general; a definition is formal, a description pictorial. A definition must include all that belongs to the object defined, and exclude all that does not; a description may include only some general features; an explanation may simply throw light upon some point of special difficulty. An exposition undertakes to state more fully what is compactly given or only implied in the text; as, an exposition of Scripture. Interpretation is ordinarily from one language into another, or from the language of one period into that of another; it may also be a statement giving the doubtful or hidden meaning of that which is recondite or perplexing; as, the interpretation of a dream, a riddle, or of some difficult passage. Definition, explanation, exposition, and interpretation are ordinarily blended in a commentary, which may also include description. A comment is upon a single passage; a commentary may be the same, but is usually understood to be a volume of comments.

    comment, commentary, definition, description, exposition, interpretation, rendering, translation

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. explanation

    exposition, explication, interpretation, sense, description

    mystification, obscuration, confusion, misinterpretation

Editors Contribution

  1. oracy

    a way of direct address to your audience

    "what pity! thou shalt not have abuseth me with what methinks is an oracy!" a fiercest of replies from oberon

    Submitted by anonymous on February 16, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. explanation(n.)

    interpretation, elucidation, illustration, exposition, description, explication, CLAVIS, key

  2. explanation(n.)

    sense, meaning, acceptation

  3. explanation(n.)

    mutual understanding

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. explanation(n)

    elucidation, exposition, explication, interpretation, solution, deduction, key

    Associated words:
    exegetics, exegesis, hermeneutics

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  1. Rebecca Morton:

    I was particularly upset by the use of the phrase ‘showing flesh’ by two individual university officials as an explanation for why I was not allowed in, fortunately that phrase doesn’t appear in the dress code, but it and similar phrases have on several occasions that I know of, been offered as the reason for barring entry to female students.

  2. Doug Madory:

    For the past 24 hours North Korea's connectivity to the outside world has been progressively getting degraded to the point now that they are totally offline, there's either a benign explanation - their routers are perhaps having a software glitch; that’s possible. It also seems possible that somebody can be directing some sort of an attack against them and they're having trouble staying online.

  3. De Sousa:

    There needs to be an explanation instead of a no comment, she already has the issue of Benghazi, which was diplomatic. And now we have a U.S. diplomat going to prison, that’s two things.

  4. The IAEA:

    Iran today provided the IAEA with its explanation in writing and related documents as agreed in the road-map for the clarification of past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran's nuclear program.

  5. Warren Blake:

    Based on what we have heard, we expect that a suitable explanation will be given, the explanation and the( independent) test that has been done seem that they might, in my opinion, exonerate the athlete.

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