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[ik-splis-it] /ɪkˈsplɪs ɪt/

fully and clearly expressed or demonstrated; leaving nothing merely implied; unequivocal:
explicit instructions; an explicit act of violence; explicit language.
clearly developed or formulated:
explicit knowledge; explicit belief.
definite and unreserved in expression; outspoken:
He was quite explicit as to what he expected us to do for him.
described or shown in realistic detail:
explicit sexual scenes.
having sexual acts or nudity clearly depicted:
explicit movies; explicit books.
Mathematics. (of a function) having the dependent variable expressed directly in terms of the independent variables, as y = 3 x + 4.
Compare (def 4).
precisely and clearly expressed, leaving nothing to implication; fully stated: explicit instructions
graphically detailed, leaving little to the imagination: sexually explicit scenes
openly expressed without reservations; unreserved
(maths) (of a function) having an equation of the form y=f(x), in which y is expressed directly in terms of x, as in y=x4 + x + z Compare implicit (sense 4)
the end; an indication, used esp by medieval scribes, of the end of a book, part of a manuscript, etc

c.1600, from French explicite, from Latin explicitus “unobstructed,” variant past participle of explicare “unfold, unravel, explain,” from ex- “out” (see ex-) + plicare “to fold” (see ply (v.1)).

“Explicitus” was written at the end of medieval books, originally short for explicitus est liber “the book is unrolled.” As a euphemism for “pornographic” it dates from 1971.


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