Explain vs. Discuss

By Jaxson

  • Explain

    An explanation is a set of statements usually constructed to describe a set of facts which clarifies the causes, context, and consequences of those facts. This description of the facts et cetera may establish rules or laws, and may clarify the existing rules or laws in relation to any objects, or phenomena examined. The components of an explanation can be implicit, and interwoven with one another.

    An explanation is often underpinned by an understanding or norm that can be represented by different media such as music, text, and graphics. Thus, an explanation is subjected to interpretation, and discussion.

    In scientific research, explanation is one of several purposes for empirical research. Explanation is a way to uncover new knowledge, and to report relationships among different aspects of studied phenomena. Explanation attempts to answer the “why” and “how” questions. Explanations have varied explanatory power. The formal hypothesis is the theoretical tool used to verify explanation in empirical research.

  • Explain (verb)

    To make plain, manifest, or intelligible; to clear of obscurity; to illustrate the meaning of.

    “To explain a chapter of the Bible.”

  • Explain (verb)

    To give a valid excuse for some past behavior.

  • Explain (verb)

    To make flat, smooth out.

  • Explain (verb)

    To unfold or make visible.

  • Discuss (verb)

    To converse or debate concerning a particular topic.

    “Let’s sit down and discuss this rationally.”

    “I don’t wish to discuss this further. Let’s talk about something else.”

  • Discuss (verb)

    To communicate, tell, or disclose (information, a message, etc.).

  • Discuss (verb)

    To break to pieces; to shatter.

  • Discuss (verb)

    To deal with, in eating or drinking; consume.

  • Discuss (verb)

    To examine or search thoroughly; to exhaust a remedy against, as against a principal debtor before proceeding against the surety.

  • Discuss (verb)

    To drive away, disperse, shake off; said especially of tumors.

  • Explain (verb)

    make (an idea or situation) clear to someone by describing it in more detail or revealing relevant facts

    “he explained the situation”

    “‘It’s a device of great age,’ the professor explained”

    “they explained that their lives centred on the religious rituals”

  • Explain (verb)

    give a reason so as to justify or excuse (an action or event)

    “I explained about Maureen calling round”

    “he makes athletes explain why they made a mistake”

    “Cassie found it necessary to explain her blackened eye”

  • Explain (verb)

    be the cause of or motivating factor for

    “this would explain why so many adult children still live with their parents”

    “her father’s violence explains her pacifism”

  • Explain (verb)

    minimize the significance of an embarrassing fact or action by giving an excuse or justification

    “they know stories about me that I can’t explain away”

  • Discuss (verb)

    talk about (something) with a person or people

    “they were discussing where to go for a drink”

    “I discussed the matter with my wife”

  • Discuss (verb)

    talk or write about (a topic) in detail, taking into account different issues or ideas

    “in Chapter Six I discuss problems that arise in applying Darwin’s ideas”

Oxford Dictionary

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