Meaning of EXPLICIT in English



Pronunciation: ik- ' spli-s ə t

Function: adjective

Etymology: French or Medieval Latin; French explicite, from Medieval Latin explicitus, from Latin, past participle of explicare

Date: 1607

1 a : fully revealed or expressed without vagueness, implication, or ambiguity : leaving no question as to meaning or intent < explicit instructions> b : open in the depiction of nudity or sexuality < explicit books and films>

2 : fully developed or formulated <an explicit plan> <an explicit notion of our objective>

3 : unambiguous in expression <was very explicit on how we are to behave>

4 of a mathematical function : defined by an expression containing only independent variables ― compare IMPLICIT 1c

– ex · plic · it · ly adverb

– ex · plic · it · ness noun

synonyms EXPLICIT , DEFINITE , EXPRESS , SPECIFIC mean perfectly clear in meaning. EXPLICIT implies such verbal plainness and distinctness that there is no need for inference and no room for difficulty in understanding < explicit instructions>. DEFINITE stresses precise, clear statement or arrangement that leaves no doubt or indecision <the law is definite in such cases>. EXPRESS implies both explicitness and direct and positive utterance <her express wishes>. SPECIFIC applies to what is precisely and fully treated in detail or particular <two specific criticisms>.

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.