Definition of explanandum in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɛkspləˈnandəm/

noun (plural explananda /ˌɛkspləˈnandə/)

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.


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

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