- 1 (of a statement or piece of writing) clear and easy to understand He gave me very explicit directions on how to get there.
- 2 (of a person) saying something clearly, exactly, and openly synonym frank She was very explicit about why she had left.
- 3 said, done, or shown in an open or direct way, so that you have no doubt about what is happening The reasons for the decision should be made explicit. She made some very explicit references to my personal life. compare implicit
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adverb The report states explicitly that the system was to blame.
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noun [uncountable] He didn't like the degree of sexual explicitness in the movie.