Definition of explicit in English:


Line breaks: ex|pli¦cit
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsplɪsɪt
, ɛk-/



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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).

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