Meaning of EXPLICIT in English


/ ɪkˈsplɪsɪt; NAmE / adjective


( of a statement or piece of writing ) clear and easy to understand :

He gave me very explicit directions on how to get there.


( of a person ) saying sth clearly, exactly and openly

SYN frank :

She was quite explicit about why she had left.


said, done or shown in an open or direct way, so that you have no doubt about what is happening :

The reasons for the decision should be made explicit.

She made some very explicit references to my personal life.

a sexually explicit film

—compare implicit

►  ex·pli·cit·ly adverb :

The report states explicitly that the system was to blame.

—compare implicitly

►  ex·pli·cit·ness noun [ U ]:

He didn't like the degree of sexual explicitness in the film.



early 17th cent. (as an adjective): from French explicite or Latin explicitus , past participle of explicare unfold, from ex- out + plicare to fold.

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