[ in-ik-splis-it ]
/ ˌɪn ɪkˈsplɪs ɪt /


not explicit or clear; not clearly stated.

Origin of inexplicit

First recorded in 1795–1805, inexplicit is from the Latin word inexplicitus not straightforward. See in-3, explicit
Related formsin·ex·plic·it·ly, adverbin·ex·plic·it·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inexplicit

  • It resolves itself, therefore, into his inexplicit letter to a committee of Congress.

  • Then, when finally my letter did arrive, it was inexplicit, and I had either to go to London myself or write again.

    The Tower of Oblivion|Oliver Onions
  • The continued flurry of my feelings doubtless made this a very confused and inexplicit document; but I could do no better.

    Jack Hinton|Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for inexplicit


/ (ˌɪnɪkˈsplɪsɪt) /


not explicit, clear, or precise; vague
Derived Formsinexplicitly, adverbinexplicitness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inexplicit



1775 (implied in inexplicitly), from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + explicit. Or else from Latin inexplicitus "not to be unfolded; unexplained." Related: Inexplicitly; inexplicitness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper