What does explicit mean?

Definitions for explicit
ɪkˈsplɪs ɪtex·plic·it

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. explicit, expressedadjective

    precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication

    "explicit instructions"; "she made her wishes explicit"; "explicit sexual scenes"

  2. denotative, explicitadjective

    in accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term


  1. explicitadjective

    Very specific, clear, or detailed.

    I gave explicit instructions for him to stay here, but he followed me, anyway.

  2. explicitadjective

    Containing material (e.g. language or film footage) that might be deemed offensive or graphic.

    The film had several scenes including explicit language and sex.

  3. Etymology: First attested 1609, from explicite, from explicitus, a past participle of explico, from ex- + plico. Pornographic sense is from 1971.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EXPLICITadjective

    Unfolded; plain; clear; not obscure; not merely implied.

    Etymology: explicitus, Latin.

    We must lay aside that lazy and fallacious method of censuring by the lump, and bring things close to explicit proof and evidence. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth, Preface.

    These speculations, when most refined, serve only to shew how impossible it is for us to have a clear and explicit notion of that which is infinite. Robert South, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Explicitadjective

    a word formerly used (as finis is now) at the conclusion of a book to indicate the end

  2. Explicitadjective

    not implied merely, or conveyed by implication; distinctly stated; plain in language; open to the understanding; clear; not obscure or ambiguous; express; unequivocal; as, an explicit declaration

  3. Explicitadjective

    having no disguised meaning or reservation; unreserved; outspoken; -- applied to persons; as, he was earnest and explicit in his statement

  4. Etymology: [LL., an abbreviation of explicitus (est liber) the book (which anciently was a roll of parchment) is unfolded (and, of course, finished). See Explicit, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Explicit

    eks-plis′it, adj. not implied merely, but distinctly stated: plain in language: outspoken: clear: unreserved.—adv. Explic′itly.—n. Explic′itness. [L. explicitus, from explicāre.]

  2. Explicit

    eks′plis-it, n. a term formerly put at the end of a book, indicating that it is finished. [Contr. from L. explicitus est liber, the book is unrolled.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. explicit

    MC of the rap group Swag Gang. "Yo! You heard that new rapper Explicit, man he good!" -- Explicit (Swag)

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'explicit' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4646

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'explicit' in Adjectives Frequency: #631

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of explicit in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of explicit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of explicit in a Sentence

  1. Republican Vance:

    The people [Ryan] answers to in Washington D.C. — they are very explicit about that, they say they want more and more immigration because if that happens, they'll ensure Republicans are never able to win another national election.

  2. Glenn Youngkin:

    Last year, we saw radical politicians say that parents had no right to determine what was being taught in their children's classroom. Well, all of you, and many, many, many others across the Commonwealth of Virginia stood up and said, ‘ Enough. ’ You stood together, you stood together because we all recognized the core truth in our children's education, parents matter. That's what we concluded. ONE OF THE NATION ’S MOST VULNERABLE DEMOCRATS COZIES UP TO BIDEN FOR PENNSYLVANIA RALLY Youngkin recounted some of his legislative achievements, such as Senate Bill 656, which stated that if school materials are sexually explicit and parents do n’t agree with them, they can request an alternative set of materials. He cautioned though that, despite some progress, the fight against school boards and teachers unions was not over.

  3. Emily Rothman:

    Having a conversation with youth about what they have seen, when, where and how many times, can be really helpful to try to prevent future incidents and answer their questions, we need to do more to prevent youth from viewing sexually explicit media. And because no matter what we do, some of them will see it anyway, we also need to provide information and education to all youth about the fact that pornography is not an instruction manual on how to have sex.

  4. Richard Blumenthal:

    New revelations that Facebook provided access to users' personal information, including religion, political preferences, and relationship status, to dozens of mobile device manufacturers without users' explicit consent are deeply concerning.

  5. Jamie Hastings:

    How many times are big corporations going to take advantage of us before we stop taking their word ? if these corporations wanted to be transparent about this practice, they wouldn't have started selling the data to shady third parties without a person's explicit consent in the first place. Why should we trust them now ?

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    the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events
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