Definition of explanans in English:

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Pronunciation: /ekˈsplāˌnans/

noun (plural explanantia /ˌekspləˈnanCHēə/)

Another term for explicans.
Example sentences
  • One might require that the explanandum be a priori deducible from the explanans, although it is controversial whether this is either a necessary or a sufficient criterion for explaining consciousness.
  • According to deductive-nomological model, the explanation of a fact is thus reduced to a logical relationship between statements: the explanandum is a consequence of the explanans.
  • A hypothesis of homology is the explanandum, the phenomenon that is to be explained; evolution provides the explanans, the explanation of the phenomenon.


1940s: Latin, 'explaining'.

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Syllabification: ex·pla·nans

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