precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication
"explicit instructions"; "she made her wishes explicit"; "explicit sexual scenes"
in accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term
Very specific, clear, or detailed.
I gave explicit instructions for him to stay here, but he followed me, anyway.
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.
Origin: First attested 1609, from explicite, from explicitus, a past participle of explico, from ex- + plico. Pornographic sense is from 1971.
a word formerly used (as finis is now) at the conclusion of a book to indicate the end
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
having no disguised meaning or reservation; unreserved; outspoken; -- applied to persons; as, he was earnest and explicit in his statement
Origin: [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
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.]
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.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'explicit' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4646
Rank popularity for the word 'explicit' in Adjectives Frequency: #631
The numerical value of explicit in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of explicit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We're talking about serious stuff, the laws are very explicit.
In some cases, you see some type of explicit racism, non-implicit racism has never gone away either.
They break the mould of former leaders ... that focused much more on national politics and explicit ideological concerns.
Any time you take money into a business, the law is very explicit: You must have all agreements written down and documented.
Within the letter there's an explicit paragraph saying Muslim values are British values. You can't be more explicit than that.
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- explícitCatalan, Valencian
- tydelig, eksplicit, udstrykkelig, bestemtDanish
- explizit, deutlich, ausdrücklich, eindeutigGerman
- vulgar, explícitoSpanish
- واضح, صریحPersian
- eksplisiittinen, selkeä, täsmällinen, epäsiveellinen, sopimatonFinnish
- 明白, 明確, あからさま, どぎつい, 明らかJapanese
- expliciet, uitdrukkelijkDutch
- wprost, jasny, szczegółowyPolish
- vulgar, explicitRomanian
- чёткий, ясный, откровенныйRussian
- explicit, uttryckligSwedish
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