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explicit

[ik-splis-it]
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:
1605–15; < 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)
 
adj
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]
 
ex'plicitly1
 
adv
 
ex'plicitness1
 
n

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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explicit
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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