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Ex`pla*na"tion (?), n. [L. explanatio: cf. OF. esplanation.]

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; inerpretation; 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.

Syn. -- Definition; description; explication; exposition; interpretation; detail. See Definition.

 

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