- 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).
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But the last national figure to wield ancient personal authority in an explicitly religious way was Robert F. Kennedy.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
Think about it: Dodd-Frank was explicitly passed to drive a stake through the heart of the implicit concept of “too big to fail.”How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
December 18, 2014
The Bible explicitly and repeatedly calls for the construction of a system that protects and cares for these groups.Pope Bids Refugees to EU ‘Bienvenido’; Europe Says ‘Non’
November 30, 2014
In his standup act, Buress has told rape jokes that explicitly imply sexual violence against women for a laugh.Bill Cosby Foe Hannibal Buress Joked About Date Rape
November 20, 2014
For conservatives, only explicitly right-wing news organizations can be trusted to tell the truth.Pew Study: Americans Are Self-Segregating Amid Proliferating Partisan Media
October 21, 2014
Now tell me, just as explicitly as you have told me this, exactly what it is that you fear.Her Father's Daughter
It will be noticed that the request is implied, not explicitly stated.Unwritten Literature of Hawaii
Nathaniel Bright Emerson
And he waited for Rendel to answer the question which had not been explicitly asked.The Arbiter
Lady F. E. E. Bell
Perhaps by that time I may be able to say explicitly yes or no.
We say explicitly: I value this trifle for its associations.The Sense of Beauty
- 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 explicitly
"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.