- 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 of explicit
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Examples from the Web for explicit
More than 20 million people tuned in to a broadcast network drama and saw two gay men have explicit sex.Year of the Butt: How the Booty Changed the World in 2014
December 30, 2014
Meanwhile, big dollar advertising campaigns have taken an explicit rainbow-hued slant.Corporations Are No Longer Silent on LGBT Issues
December 24, 2014
Instead, everyone agrees it has simply reinscribed too big to fail as explicit law.How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
December 18, 2014
And he offered no explicit reminder that the NYPD had been saving thousands of black lives, along with many others.Eric Garner Was Just a Number to Them
December 5, 2014
Rowling is careful, explicit even, to note that this woman was not “the real Dolores Umbridge.”J.K. Rowling Pens the Greatest Horror Story Ever: Dolores Umbridge Was Real
October 31, 2014
The political officer was firm, and his terms were explicit.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
I am afraid I shall be abrupt, but it is necessary to be explicit.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
I could not comprehend his meaning, and therefore requested that he would be explicit.Beaux and Belles of England
I will be explicit; I will use the indicative mood, present tense.The First Violin
The marshal's orders were explicit: they must be across the Meuse that night, cost what it might.The Downfall
- precisely and clearly expressed, leaving nothing to implication; fully statedexplicit instructions
- graphically detailed, leaving little to the imaginationsexually explicit scenes
- openly expressed without reservations; unreserved
- maths (of a function) having an equation of the form y=f (x), in which y is expressed directly in terms of x, as in y=x 4 + x + zCompare implicit (def. 4)
- the end; an indication, used esp by medieval scribes, of the end of a book, part of a manuscript, etc
Word Origin and History for explicit
"Explicitus" was written at the end of medieval books, originally short for explicitus est liber "the book is unrolled." As a euphemism for "pornographic" it dates from 1971.