from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Fully and clearly expressed; leaving nothing implied.
- adj. Fully and clearly defined or formulated: "generalizations that are powerful, precise, and explicit” ( Frederick Turner).
- adj. Forthright and unreserved in expression: They were explicit in their criticism.
- adj. Readily observable: an explicit sign of trouble.
- adj. Describing or portraying nudity or sexual activity in graphic detail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Very specific, clear, or detailed.
- adj. Containing material (e.g. language or film footage) that might be deemed offensive or graphic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A word formerly used (as finis is now) at the conclusion of a book to indicate the end.
- adj. Not implied merely, or conveyed by implication; distinctly stated; plain in language; open to the understanding; clear; not obscure or ambiguous; express; unequivocal. Opposite of
- adj. Having no disguised meaning or reservation; unreserved; outspoken; -- applied to persons.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Open to the understanding; express; clear; not obscure or ambiguous: opposed to implicit: as, explicit instructions.
- Plain; open; unreserved; having no disguised meaning or reservation; outspoken: applied to persons: as, he was explicit in his terms.
- It is finished or completed: a word formerly inserted at the conclusion of a book, in the same way as finis. See etymology.
- n. The concluding words of a book or section of a book. See the quotation under incipit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication
- adj. in accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term
Latin explicitus, past participle of explicāre, to unfold; see explicate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested 1609, from French explicite, from Latin explicitus ("disentangled", "easy"), an alternative form of the past participle of explicāre ("to unfold"), from ex- ("out") + plicō ("to fold"). Pornographic sense is from 1971. (Wiktionary)