Explanation

Definition of Explanation

Ex`pla`na´tion
n.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.
3.The meaning attributed to anything by one who explains it; definition; interpretation; sense.
Different explanations [of the Trinity].
- Bp. Burnet.
4.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.

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