- 1Stated clearly and in detail, leaving no room for confusion or doubt: the arrangement had not been made explicitMore example sentences
clear, direct, plain, obvious, straightforward, clear-cut, crystal clear, clearly expressed, easily understandable, blunt; precise, exact, definite, distinct, express, emphatic, absolute, specific, positive, unequivocal, unambiguous, unmistakable, overt, manifest; detailed, minute, comprehensive, exhaustive, categorical
- To ensure consistency, several definitions were made explicit before data entry began.
- The methodologies employed are not only made explicit, but discussed in some detail, albeit at times anecdotally.
- At least one has even made explicit reference to the use of nuclear bombs, albeit as a retaliatory measure.
- 1.1(Of a person) stating something in an explicit manner: let me be explicitMore example sentences
- He was not explicit but implied to me that most of the people were in some way connected with publishing or writing.
- We were quite explicit in the consultation process that this would be one of the savings that would be made.
- People fall in love all the time, but few professional athletes are so explicit in recounting the moment they met their soulmate 15 years earlier.
- 1.2Describing or representing sexual activity in a graphic fashion: a sexually explicit blockbusterMore example sentences
- They said they just felt that the explicit depiction of sexual activity and nudity was unacceptable.
- I'd put an even more explicit photo on, except I'd have to put an Agecheck on my site!
- He also described ‘a gay sexual encounter in explicit and derogatory terms’ from the pulpit.
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- The closing words of a manuscript, early printed book, or chanted liturgical text. Compare with incipit.[ Middle English: late Latin, 'here ends', or abbreviation of explicitus est liber 'the scroll is unrolled']
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- Of course they won't commit themselves to anything not explicitly in the manifesto.
- The federal system and the limited powers granted explicitly to the Congress express this fear.
- The document fell short of calling for a new party, but did not explicitly rule out that option.
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- With regard to the simpler problems with which it had earlier contact, it was useful only to the extent that it contributed precision and explicitness.
- Another challenge lies in whether confronting human foibles - namely perversion - in such verbal or visual explicitness still allows them to be funny.
- Government expenses for freedom-of-information searches vary according to the explicitness of a request and how many documents have to be sorted through to find the required ones.
early 17th century (as an adjective): from French explicite or Latin explicitus, past participle of explicare 'unfold' (see explicate).