a. Fully and clearly expressed; leaving nothing implied: explicit approval.
b. Fully developed or formulated: has an explicit idea of what to say in the paper.
2. Forthright and unreserved in expression: They were explicit in their criticism.
a. Readily observable: an explicit sign of trouble.
b. Describing or portraying nudity or sexual activity in graphic detail.
[Latin explicitus, past participle of explicāre, to unfold; see EXPLICATE.]
Synonyms: explicit, definite, express, specific
These adjectives mean entirely clear and unambiguous: explicit statements; a definite answer; my express wishes; a specific purpose.
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