Definition of Explicit

1. Adjective. Precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication. "Explicit sexual scenes"

2. Adjective. In accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term.
Exact synonyms: Denotative
Similar to: Literal
Derivative terms: Denote, Explicitness

Definition of Explicit

1. a. A word formerly used (as finis is now) at the conclusion of a book to indicate the end.

2. a. Not implied merely, or conveyed by implication; distinctly stated; plain in language; open to the understanding; clear; not obscure or ambiguous; express; unequivocal; as, an explicit declaration.

Definition of Explicit

1. Adjective. Very specific, clear, or detailed. ¹

2. Adjective. Containing material (e.g. language or film footage) that might be deemed offensive or graphic. ¹

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Definition of Explicit

1. a statement formerly used at the close of a book [n -S]

Medical Definition of Explicit

1. 1. Not implied merely, or conveyed by implication; distinctly stated; plain in language; open to the understanding; clear; not obscure or ambiguous; express; unequivocal; as, an explicit declaration. "The language of the charter was too explicit to admit of a doubt." (Bancroft) 2. Having no disguised meaning or reservation; unreserved; outspoken; applied to persons; as, he was earnest and explicit in his statement. Explicit function. See Function. Synonym: Express, clear, plain, open, unreserved, unambiguous. Explicit, Express. Explicit denotes a setting forth in the plainest, language, so that the meaning can not be misunderstood; as, an explicit promise. Express is stronger than explicit: it adds force to clearness. An express promise or engagement is not only unambiguous, but stands out in bold relief, with the most binding hold on the conscience. An explicit statement; a clear and explicit notion; explicit direction; no words can be more explicit. An explicit command; an express prohibition. "An express declaration goes forcibly and directly to the point. An explicit declaration leaves nothing ambiguous." Origin: L. Explicitus; p.p. Of explicare to unfold: cf. F. Explicite. See Explicate, Exploit. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Explicit

explication de texte
explicit (current term)
explicit definition
explicit function
explicit functions
explode a bombshell
exploded view
exploded views

Literary usage of Explicit

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"That which is outwardly, definitely, or expressly included in any whole is explicit to the whole ; that which belongs to a whole but is not explicit is ..."

2. Elements of the Differential and Integral Calculus by William Anthony Granville (1904)
"explicit functions. When a relation between x and у is given by means of an equation solved for y, then у is called an explicit function of x. ..."

3. First Lessons: A Report on Elementary Education in America by William J. Bennett (1986)
"To understand the essential elements of excellence in elementary school, let us turn next to what should be taught and learned there, to both the explicit ..."

4. Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin (1844)
"Nothing can be required more explicit than what is recited by the evangelists, that "John did preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"Strabo is equally explicit in his account of the ' dug mullets ' of Narbonne, long esteemed one of the principal wonders of the Keltic coast. ..."

6. Publications by Dorset Record Society, Ohio Civil War Centennial Commission, Ohio Historical Society (1896)
"COPY of a more explicit REPRESENTATION in favour of Do., before leaving Edinburgh. ... explicit ..."

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