Meaning of explicit

explicit




Anything explicit is completely clear and includes details. If you don’t want your little brother to become a snake snack, you’ll need to give him explicit instructions for feeding your pet boa constrictor safely.

This adjective describes anything that is clear, detailed, and easy to understand. Explicit orders are easy to carry out, and explicit directions are easy to follow. When someone is explicit, they’re not beating around the bush or being confusing. Explicit can also mean “offensive” or “graphic,” a description that is sometimes included in parental-advisory warnings about “explicit language” or “explicit violence” in movies.

Definitions of explicit
  1. adjective

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

    explicit instructions”
    “she made her wishes
    explicit
    explicit sexual scenes”
    synonyms:

    expressed

    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
    declared, stated

    declared as fact; explicitly stated
    definitive, unequivocal

    clearly defined or formulated
    express

    not tacit or implied
    graphic

    describing nudity or sexual activity in graphic detail
    hard-core, hardcore

    extremely explicit
    open, overt

    open and observable; not secret or hidden
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    Antonyms:

    implicit, inexplicit

    implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something
    connotative

    having the power of implying or suggesting something in addition to what is explicit
    implicit in, inherent, underlying

    in the nature of something though not readily apparent
    silent, tacit, understood

    implied by or inferred from actions or statements
    unexpressed, unsaid, unspoken, unstated, unuttered, unverbalised, unverbalized, unvoiced

    not made explicit
    covert

    secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed
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  2. adjective

    in accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term

    synonyms:

    denotative

    literal

    limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text

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