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.
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).
- ex·plic·it·ly, adverb
- ex·plic·it·ness, noun
- o·ver·ex·plic·it, adjective
- qua·si-ex·plic·it, adjective
- su·per·ex·plic·it, adjective
- un·ex·plic·it, adjective
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How to use explicit in a sentence
Explicitness and vulgarity are both different subsets of honesty, both very necessary.
Where do you see the line between explicitness and vulgarity?
How did you come up with the idea for Tampa, and how did you commit to the explicitness?
It was unfair to go further without telling her, even though, hitherto, such explicitness had not been absolutely demanded.The Well-Beloved | Thomas Hardy
The Colonel was told why not with explicitness and vehemence.A Change of Air | Anthony Hope
For we are told with the utmost explicitness precisely what is to be done.The Profits of Religion, Fifth Edition | Upton Sinclair
How he dreaded that terrible explicitness of women, their passion for tidying up, their love of labels!The Limit | Ada Leverson
It may help to explain an explicitness in the use of terms more usual in the physician perhaps than in the layman.The Conflict of Religions in the Early Roman Empire | T. R. Glover
British Dictionary definitions for explicit (1 of 2)
precisely and clearly expressed, leaving nothing to implication; fully stated: explicit instructions
graphically detailed, leaving little to the imagination: sexually 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 + z: Compare implicit (def. 4)
- explicitly, adverb
- explicitness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for explicit (2 of 2)
the end; an indication, used esp by medieval scribes, of the end of a book, part of a manuscript, etc
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