Synonyms of explanation
1 reasonDictionary • The president has given no explanation for his behaviour.
reason • I hope you have a good reason for your behaviour.
meaning • I became more aware of the symbols and their meanings.
cause • There is obvious cause for concern.
sense • When he was younger he had a bit more sense.
answer • Simply marking an answer wrong will not help the student.
account • He gave a detailed account of what had happened that night.
excuse • There is no excuse for what he did.
motive • Police have ruled out robbery as a motive for the killing.
justification • I knew there was no justification for what I was doing.
vindication • He called the success a vindication of his party's economic policy.
mitigation • In mitigation, the offences were at the lower end of the scale.
the why and wherefore
2 descriptionDictionary • his lucid explanation of the mysteries of cricket
description • He gave a description of the surgery he was about to perform.
report • a full report of what happened here tonight
definition • There is no general agreement on a standard definition of sanity.
demonstration • a cookery demonstration
interpretation • the interpretation of the scriptures
illustration • These figures are an illustration of the country's dynamism.
clarification • I have written to the union asking for clarification of my position.
exposition • Her speech was an exposition of her beliefs in freedom and justice.
explication • his explication of the major concepts of modern physics
elucidation • a work devoted to the elucidation of James Joyce's greatest novel
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accountAn account is a written or spoken report of something that has happened.
• He gave a detailed account of what had happened that night.
answerSomeone's answer to a question in a test or quiz is what they write or say in an attempt to give the facts that are asked for. The answer to a question is the fact that was asked for.
• Simply marking an answer wrong will not help the student.
• There is obvious cause for concern.
Thesaurus for explanation from the Collins English Thesaurus