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Synonyms of 'explanation'

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

Additional synonyms

in the sense of account
Definition
a report or description
I gave a detailed account of what had happened that night.
in the sense of answer
Definition
a solution to a problem
Simply marking an answer wrong will not help the student.
in the sense of cause
Definition
grounds for action
There is obvious cause for concern.

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