Definition of explicit adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪkˈsplɪsɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsplɪsɪt//
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  1. 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. 2(of a person) saying something clearly, exactly and openly synonym frank She was quite explicit about why she had left.
  3. 3said, 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. a sexually explicit film compare implicit
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent. (as an adjective): from French explicite or Latin explicitus, past participle of explicare ‘unfold’, from ex- ‘out’ + plicare ‘to fold’.Extra examples She told him he needed to be more creative, without being explicit as to what this meant in practice. She told him he needed to improve, without being explicit as to how. The government has been quite explicit about its intentions. We think such information should be made explicit and not left vague. a highly explicit description of torture He gave very explicit directions as to how to get there. The author is quite explicit about her political bias. The reasons for the decisions should be made explicit. The underlying purpose of his novel remains implicit rather than explicit. sexually explicit films/​material/​languge
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: explicit