One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for explicandum
- ‘In the short intervening period sociology has become obsessed with biology, and biology is asked to be the universal explanandum of humanity.’
- ‘A hypothesis of homology is the explanandum, the phenomenon that is to be explained; evolution provides the explanans, the explanation of the phenomenon.’
- ‘The more coarse-grained and abstract the explanandum, the more likely it is that general systemic factors, such as class structure or the dynamics of capitalism, will play an important explanatory role.’
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century: from Latin, ‘something to be explained’, neuter gerundive of explanare.
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