explain VERB 1) make clear by giving a detailed description. 2) give a reason or justification for. 3) (explain oneself) excuse or justify one's motives or conduct. 4) (explain away) minimize the significance of (something awkward) by giving an excuse or justification.
DERIVATIVES explainable adjective explainer noun explanation noun.
ORIGIN Latin explanare, from planus 'plain' .

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  • Explainable — Ex*plain a*ble, a. [L. explainabilis.] Capable of being explained or made plain to the understanding; capable of being interpreted. Sir. T. Browne. Syn: explicable. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • explainable — adjective Able to be explained or understood Ant: inexplicable …   Wiktionary

  • explainable — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. explicable, accountable, intelligible; see understandable . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Capable of being explained or accounted for r accountable, decipherable, explicable, illustrat able, interpretable. See… …   English dictionary for students

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