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Definition of explanation:

  1. 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.
  2. That which explains or makes clear; as, a satisfactory explanation.
  3. 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.
  4. The meaning attributed to anything by one who explains it; definition; interpretation; sense.


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