- 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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Explicitness and vulgarity are both different subsets of honesty, both very necessary.
How did you come up with the idea for Tampa, and how did you commit to the explicitness?
How do the above words compare with mention as to explicitness?English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
These are of different degrees of explicitness, and of different degrees of value.Latin Pronunciation
Harry Thurston Peck
"It's right there," answered the girl, with the explicitness of agitation.A Christmas Accident and Other Stories
Annie Eliot Trumbull
Your language, Miss Scudder, has certainly the merit of explicitness.The Minister's Wooing
Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Colonel was told why not with explicitness and vehemence.A Change of Air
- 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 explicitness
"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.