Explicit meaning

ĭk-splĭsĭt
The definition of explicit is something that is clearly expressed or communicated.

An example of explicit is someone giving very straightforward directions to a location.

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Graphic in the portrayal of nudity or sexual activity.
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Clearly stated and leaving nothing implied; distinctly expressed; definite.
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(euphemistic) 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.

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Plain to see; readily observable.
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Saying what is meant, without reservation or disguise; outspoken.
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Forthright and unreserved in expression.

They were explicit in their criticism.

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I gave explicit instructions for him to stay here, but he followed me, anyway.

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Origin of explicit

  • Latin explicitus past participle of explicāre to unfold explicate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested 1609, from French explicite, from Latin explicitus (“disentangled", "easy”), an alternative form of the past participle of explicāre (“to unfold”), from ex- (“out”) + plicō (“to fold”). Pornographic sense is from 1971.

    From Wiktionary