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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Explanative Explanatory.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • explanative Explanatory.
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  • Abraham Lincoln
    “I fear explanations explanatory of things explained.”
  • Hilton Kramer
    Hilton Kramer
    “The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation.”
  • Harold S. Geneen
    “In business, words are words; explanations are explanations, promises are promises, but only performance is reality.”
  • Harold S. Geneen
    “I think it is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises -- but only performance is reality.”
  • Harold Hook
    Harold Hook
    “The five steps in teaching an employee new skills are preparation, explanation, showing, observation and supervision.”
  • Will Rogers
    “Communism to me is one-third practice and two-thirds explanation.”


In literature:

The explanation was simple to a degree, and precisely agreed with Mr Fanshawe's surmise as to what had really happened.
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
But I also know the explanation.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
He himself was never told, and he never learnt, the explanation of that epic tear.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
April twenty-ninth was the date of the robbery, and I could think of no explanation.
"The Four Pools Mystery" by Jean Webster
For the latter Mungo had a sour explanation.
"Doom Castle" by Neil Munro
The predominantly social character of human behavior has thus a twofold explanation.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
Still there are many such incongruities in Dickens; and the explanation of Mr. Archer and Mr. Lang is an explanation.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
The explanation is not difficult.
"Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection" by Alfred Russel Wallace
But Krakatoa: that's the explanation that the scientists gave.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
More explanations of the genesis of this Kodish front is now in order.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
It furnishes the explanation of many social phenomena.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
We saw that the real aim is their explanation.
"Psychotherapy" by Hugo Münsterberg
It is a generally-accepted fact, accepted, as I have said, without explanation.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
This explanation will not present any appreciable departure from their usual vein.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
The explanation is as follows: For an object to float on the water or in the air, the water or air must be heavier than the object.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
My attempted explanation they evidently considered a waste of effort.
"Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist" by Alexander Berkman
Further explanation of terms 148-150 211.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
When we come to a causal explanation of the value quantity, however, earlier theories appear unsatisfactory.
"The Value of Money" by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
Still she sought no explanation of all this and formed no theories as to all the motives which might have thrown a light upon the tragedy.
"The Secret of Sarek" by Maurice Leblanc
Explanation has been given of the principles according to which legal-tender laws should be applied, if at all.
"Readings in Money and Banking" by Chester Arthur Phillips

In poetry:

To plumb the essence of the past,
The first foundations,
The crux, the roots, the inmost hearts,
The explanations.
"In everything I seek to grasp..." by Boris Pasternak
Dear friends who hear my song,
Of brain decay acquit me.
That explanation's wrong -
I'll make it clear. Permit me.
"A Pastoral" by P G Wodehouse
The stars, disdainful of my thought,
Majestic march toward their goal,
And to my nightly watch have brought
No explanation to my soul.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
LUCY. For such flattering declarations
Rude and ignorant am I,
So my arms will give reply;
Which gets rid of explanations.
Let their silent interfacing
Figure what my words should be.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
"And here," said he, "Jules probably will ask,
"'You have black eyes, Love,—you are, sure enough,
"'My peerless bride,—then do you tell indeed
"'What needs some explanation! What means this?'"
—And I am to go on, without a word—
"Pippa Passes: Part II: Noon" by Robert Browning

In news:

Regarding the discussion concerning Lucan 's statement " suffecit omnibus unda " I would like to offer an alternative explanation.
Scholars offer various explanations for the account of a Christmas 'star'.
Now scientists have proposed a new explanation for its disappearance.
Ray Ambrosini doesn't buy that explanation.
Former Marineland staff 'sickened' by park's explanations.
Here's the explanation, from the Post-Gazette's Timothy McNulty.
Modern monogamy originated in the distant evolutionary past, and a new paper offers some explanations on how.
As Republicans try to interpret what happened on Election Day, a dubious explanation is getting a lot of attention.
The book demystifies safety management, says author Rob Collin, with simple explanations and anecdotes.
Thanks to science, we have naturalistic explanations of those events.
A new explanation for the demise of the Neanderthals, the stockily built human species that occupied Europe until the arrival of modern humans 45,000 years ago, has been proposed by two anthropologists at the University of Arizona.
One common explanation is that he's governed in too liberal a fashion--too much big government, too fast.
Casting about for an explanation of the remarkable sale of the Arkansas football program to more than a dozen young men, I was trying too hard.
Scoffing at Romney's health care explanations.
We hope this explanation helps.

In science:

But, as we’ll see, his solution has an unccountable singularity wich appears without any physical explanation.
Can the notion of a homogeneous gravitational field be transferred from classical mechanics to the Relativistic Theory of Gravity ?
But why vertices of degree two? This has a simple explanation also: removing vertices of degree two does not change the topological structure of a graph because all such vertices fall in the middle of edges between other pairs of vertices.
Random graphs as models of networks
Some insight to the new approach needed can be gained from past experiences in the interpretation of relativistic effects in high energy particle physics as well as from the explanation of some relativistic effects observed in the astrophysical domain.
Observational tests of the Electro-Magnetic Black Hole Theory in Gamma-Ray Bursts
Eq. (6) is known to provide a good qualitative explanation for some observed behavior of low-lying spectra, even for moderate numbers of particles where the Gaussian approximation is far from valid.
Odd-even binding effect from random two-body interactions
The linear piece of the rate function has the following intuitive explanation.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers
The linear piece has the same intuitive explanation in terms of overshoot.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers
Further explorations using other methods would be very useful to confirm our explanation.
Modified spin-wave study of random antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic spin chains
So far we have no explanation for this behavior.
Avalanche statistics of sand heaps
In its Neumannian way, ordinary quantum mechanics offers an explanation.
Quantum randomness emerging under gravitational nonlinearity
The idea of self-organized criticality (SOC) was introduced as a possible explanation for the widespread occurrence in nature of long range correlations in space and time .
A Nonconservative Earthquake Model of Self-Organized Criticality on a Random Graph
To prepare the explanation of the corresponding primitives, we start with a discussion of how to encode traversal in standard rewriting.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
The inference rules formalise our informal explanations from Section 2.1.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
These results suggest that that an explanation of the origin of the observed regular features has to be sought in the many-body dynamics of the model space and/or the general statistical properties of random interactions.
How random are random nuclei? Shapes, triangles and kites
This procedure leads us to a technical definition of the constant C : it is the derivative of the effective mass with respect to the rest mass of the neutron star holding all other physical parameters fixed. A more intuitive explanation of the role of C may be seen from Eq. (2.187).
Variational Principles in General Relativity
It has already provided complete explanations of conjectures, by mathematicians and physicists, associated with two-dimensional Brownian motions and specifically their intersection exponents and fractionality of frontier, [108, 109].
The Random-Cluster Model