Definition of explanandum in English:

Share this entry

explanandum

Pronunciation: /ˌɛkspləˈnandəm/

noun (plural explananda /ˌɛkspləˈnandə/)

Philosophy
Another term for explicandum.
Example sentences
  • First, it is important to distinguish explananda of different types, and, in particular, to distinguish appetites from emotions.
  • Explanation holds only when the explanans is conceptually related to the explanandum, and this can occur only at the same level of function.
  • A hypothesis of homology is the explanandum, the phenomenon that is to be explained; evolution provides the explanans, the explanation of the phenomenon.

Origin

Late 19th century: from Latin, 'something to be explained', neuter gerundive of explanare.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: ex¦plan|an¦dum

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.