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Dictionary Definition

explicit adj
1 precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication; "explicit instructions"; "she made her wishes explicit"; "explicit sexual scenes" [syn: expressed] [ant: implicit]
2 in accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term [syn: denotative]

User Contributed Dictionary



First attested 1609, from explicite, from explicitus, past participle of explicāre "to unfold," from ex-, "out" + plicare, "to fold." Pornographic sense is from 1971.



  1. very specific, clear, or detailed
    I gave explicit instructions for him to stay here, but he followed me, anyway.
  2. containing material (e.g. language or film footage) that might be deemed offensive or graphic
    The film had several scenes including explicit language and sex.



very specific
containing material that might be deemed offensive

Extensive Definition

Explicit (from Latin explicare, "to unfold" and thus also make visible) can mean:
  • very specific, clear, or detailed
  • containing material (e.g. language or film footage) that might be deemed offensive or graphic, e.g. sexually explicit material
  • the final words of a text, which are immediately followed by a colophon
  • explicit is also a C++ keyword, in some situations preventing implicit type conversions.
explicit in Hungarian: Explicit
explicit in Swedish: Explicit

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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