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EXPLICIT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does explicit mean? 

EXPLICIT (adjective)
  The adjective EXPLICIT has 2 senses:

1. precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication
2. in accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term

  Familiarity information: EXPLICIT used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXPLICIT (adjective)


Sense 1explicit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication

Synonyms:

explicit; expressed

Context examples:

explicit instructions / she made her wishes explicit / explicit sexual scenes

Similar:

definitive; unequivocal (clearly defined or formulated)

declared; stated (declared as fact; explicitly stated)

express (not tacit or implied)

graphic (describing nudity or sexual activity in graphic detail)

hard-core; hardcore (extremely explicit)

Also:

definite (precise; explicit and clearly defined)

denotative; denotive (having the power of explicitly denoting or designating or naming)

unambiguous; unequivocal; univocal (admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; having only one meaning or interpretation and leading to only one conclusion)

open; overt (open and observable; not secret or hidden)

Attribute:

explicitness (clarity as a consequence of being explicit)

Antonym:

implicit (implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something)


Sense 2explicit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term

Synonyms:

denotative; explicit

Similar:

literal (limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text)


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