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ex·plic·it      /ɪkˈsplɪsɪt/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[ik-splis-it] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation



fully and clearly expressed or demonstrated; leaving nothing merely implied; unequivocal: explicit instructions; an explicit act of violence; explicit language.



clearly developed or formulated: explicit knowledge; explicit belief.



definite and unreserved in expression; outspoken: He was quite explicit as to what he expected us to do for him.



described or shown in realistic detail: explicit sexual scenes.



having sexual acts or nudity clearly depicted: explicit movies; explicit books.



Mathematics. (of a function) having the dependent variable expressed directly in terms of the independent variables, as y = 3x + 4. Compare implicit (def. 4).

[Origin: 1605–15; < L explicitus unfolded, set forth, var. ptp. of explicāre. See explicate]

ex·plic·it·ly, adverb

ex·plic·it·ness, noun


1. express, definite, precise, exact, unambiguous. 3. open, forthright, unabashed.

1. indefinite, ambiguous.

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ex·plic·it       (ĭk-splĭs'ĭt)  Pronunciation Key 


a.                       Fully and clearly expressed; leaving nothing implied.

b.                      Fully and clearly defined or formulated: "generalizations that are powerful, precise, and explicit" (Frederick Turner).

c.                       Readily observable: an explicit sign of trouble.

d.                      Describing or portraying nudity or sexual activity in graphic detail.

2.              Forthright and unreserved in expression: They were explicit in their criticism.


a.                       Readily observable: an explicit sign of trouble.

b.                      Describing or portraying nudity or sexual activity in graphic detail.

explicitus, past participle of explicāre, to unfold; see explicate.]

ex·plic'it·ly adv., ex·plic'it·ness n.

Synonyms: These adjectives mean entirely clear and unambiguous: explicit statements; a categorical refusal; a definite answer; my express wishes; a specific purpose.

Antonym: ambiguous


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in an explicit manner; "in his foreword Professor Clark puts it explicitly" [ant: implicitly

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