Something that explains, makes understandable (noun)
An excuse, apologetic justification not based on enough evidence (noun)
Examples of word explanation
He does not agree with those catechetical writers who maintain that the pastor, in his catechization, must confine himself to an explanation of _Luther's explanation_.
The term explanation has two different meanings, in that it sometimes refers to an educative technique that precedes interpretation and is designed to help the client understand the presence and origin of developmental arrests, particularly related to separation-individuation subphase difficulties Goldstein, 1990: 148-149.
An attempt at a chemically based origin explanation is obvious and understandable.
The interesting thing about this explanation is that it steals the co-option explanation from the non-teleological view and shows again there is more than one way to interpret the data.
However, the term explanation itself requires a bit of explanation.