Meaning of EXPLICIT in English


[] adj [F or ML; F explicite, fr. ML explicitus, fr. L, pp. of explicare] (ca. 1609) 1 a: fully revealed or expressed without vagueness, implication, or ambiguity: leaving no question as to meaning or intent "~ instructions" b: open in the depiction of nudity or sexuality "~ books and films"

2: fully developed or formulated "an ~ plan" "an ~ notion of our objective"

3: unambiguous in expression "was very ~ on how we are to behave"

4. of a mathematical function: defined by an expression containing only independent variables--compare implicit 1c -- adv -- n syn 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".

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