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explicit

[ik-splis-it] /ɪkˈsplɪs ɪt/
adjective
1.
fully and clearly expressed or demonstrated; leaving nothing merely implied; unequivocal:
explicit instructions; an explicit act of violence; explicit language.
2.
clearly developed or formulated:
explicit knowledge; explicit belief.
3.
definite and unreserved in expression; outspoken:
He was quite explicit as to what he expected us to do for him.
4.
described or shown in realistic detail:
explicit sexual scenes.
5.
having sexual acts or nudity clearly depicted:
explicit movies; explicit books.
6.
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).
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin explicitus unfolded, set forth, variant past participle of explicāre. See explicate
Related forms
explicitly, adverb
explicitness, noun
overexplicit, adjective
quasi-explicit, adjective
quasi-explicitly, adverb
superexplicit, adjective
superexplicitly, adverb
unexplicit, adjective
unexplicitly, adverb
Can be confused
explicit, implicit, implied.
Synonyms
1. express, definite, precise, exact, unambiguous. 3. open, forthright, unabashed.
Antonyms
1. indefinite, ambiguous.
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British Dictionary definitions for quasiexplicit

explicit1

/ɪkˈsplɪsɪt/
adjective
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) (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 Compare implicit (sense 4)
Derived Forms
explicitly, adverb
explicitness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin explicitus unfolded, from explicāre; see explicate

explicit2

/ɪkˈsplɪsɪt/
uknown
1.
the end; an indication, used esp by medieval scribes, of the end of a book, part of a manuscript, etc
Word Origin
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 and History for quasiexplicit

explicit

adj.

c.1600, from French explicite, from Latin explicitus "unobstructed," variant past participle of explicare "unfold, unravel, explain," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + plicare "to fold" (see ply (v.1)).

"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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Encyclopedia Article for quasiexplicit

explicit

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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