fully and clearly expressed or demonstrated; leaving nothing merely implied; unequivocal: explicit instructions; an explicit act of violence; explicit language.
clearly developed or formulated: explicit knowledge; explicit belief.
definite and unreserved in expression; outspoken: He was quite explicit as to what he expected us to do for him.
described or shown in realistic detail: explicit sexual scenes.
having sexual acts or nudity clearly depicted: explicit movies; explicit books.
Mathematics. (of a function) having the dependent variable expressed directly in terms of the independent variables, as y = 3 x + 4. Compare implicit ( def 4 ).

1605–15; < Latin explicitus unfolded, set forth, variant past participle of explicāre. See explicate

explicitly, adverb
explicitness, noun
overexplicit, adjective
quasi-explicit, adjective
quasi-explicitly, adverb
superexplicit, adjective
superexplicitly, adverb
unexplicit, adjective
unexplicitly, adverb

explicit, implicit, implied.

1. express, definite, precise, exact, unambiguous. 3. open, forthright, unabashed.

1. indefinite, ambiguous.
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explicit1 (ɪkˈsplɪsɪt)
1.  precisely and clearly expressed, leaving nothing to implication; fully stated: explicit instructions
2.  graphically detailed, leaving little to the imagination: sexually explicit scenes
3.  openly expressed without reservations; unreserved
4.  maths Compare implicit (of a function) having an equation of the form y=f(x), in which y is expressed directly in terms of x, as in y=x4 + x + z
[C17: from Latin explicitus unfolded, from explicāre; see explicate]

explicit2 (ɪkˈsplɪsɪt)
the end; an indication, used esp by medieval scribes, of the end of a book, part of a manuscript, etc
[Late Latin, probably short for explicitus est liber the book is unfolded (or complete); shortened by analogy with incipit]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from Fr. explicite, from L. explicitus, variant pp. of explicare "unfold, unravel, explain," from ex- "out" + plicare "to fold" see ply (v.)). "Explicitus" was written at the end of medieval books, originally short for explicitus est liber "the book is unrolled." As
a euphemism for "pornographic" it dates from 1971.
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in bookmaking, a device added to the end of some manuscripts and incunabula by the author or scribe and providing such information as the title of the work and the name or initials of its author or scribe. Explicits were soon incorporated into or completely replaced by the colophon, which included information about the printer, printing materials, and typeface, and, often, the printer's emblem

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Example sentences
Anne reported that she was fired for sending explicit photos from work.
It is thus better to have the government role explicit and fully transparent
  rather than implicit and obscured.
We are conscious of our explicit knowledge, and we can easily communicate it .
It has no explicit profanity, but the puns, double entendres and clever
  wordplay are often far more risqué than we can share here.
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