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Meaning of EXPLICIT

Pronunciation:  ik'splisit

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

EXPLICIT is a 8 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: declared, definitive, express, expressed, graphic, hardcore, hard-core, literal, stated, unequivocal
 Antonyms: implicit, inexplicit
 See Also: definite, denotative, denotive, open, overt, unambiguous, univocal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ex"pli*cit\ [LL., an abbreviation of explicitus (est
    liber) the book (which anciently was a roll of parchment) is
    unfolded (and, of course, ``finished''). See {Explicit}, a.]
    A word formerly used (as finis is now) at the conclusion of a
    book to indicate the end.
  2. \Ex*plic"it\, a. [L. explicitus; p. p. of explicare to
    unfold: cf. F. explicite. See {Explicate}, {Exploit}.]
    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}. (Math.) See under {Function}.
    Syn: Express; clear; plain; open; unreserved; unambiguous.
    Usage: {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.''
           --C. J. Smith.
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