explicit: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ik-splis'it), [key]
— adj.
  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. (of a function) having the dependent variable expressed directly in terms of the independent variables, as y = 3x + 4. Cf. implicit (def. 4).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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