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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.


  1. explicit

    Explicit refers to something that is fully and clearly expressed, stated, or described, leaving no room for confusion or doubt. It often refers to details, instructions, or information that is directly communicated and easy to understand. In some contexts, it can also refer to something that is openly or plainly shown, such as graphic content or language.

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)

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  1. Explicit

    Explicit vs. Implicit -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Explicit and Implicit.

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. Samuel Cooke:

    Fidelity to the public requires that the laws be as plain and explicit as possible, that the less knowing may understand, and not be ensnared by them, while the artful evade their force.

  2. Luke Bartholomew:

    It seems like a step away from the whole notion of monetary union, secondly, it is a pretty explicit acknowledgement of the credit risk that the ECB doesn't want to have on the balance sheet and that is a signal that they don't want to send.

  3. Deutsche Bank strategist George Saravelos:

    A continuation of the deadlock on Monday will immediately shift focus to Wednesday’s bi-weekly ECB review of the ELA limits of Greek banks, in the event of failure, we would expect the ECB to become more explicit on the timing of when ELA funding would be withdrawn or capped.

  4. Evelyn Alsultany:

    Culturally speaking, we need to reassess our understanding of a hate crime that it only happens by someone that has these explicit racist views, i think they work in much more complicated ways today. A perpetrator might be unintentionally perpetuating hate.

  5. Tariq Ahmad:

    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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