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explicit -- as in: explicit instructions
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as in: explicit instructions Define
precise and clear so there is no confusion or doubt about what was/is said
  • She gave us explicit instructions.
  • We need to be more explicit so this will not be misunderstood.
  • The terrorist Ayman Al-Zawahiri is [was] explicit about Al Qaeda’s "right to kill four million Americans..."
    John R. Bolton  --  American Justice and the International Criminal Court  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.22883/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • There was no rule explicitly forbidding exercise at such an hour, but it was not expected; ordinarily therefore Mr. Ludsbury would have disapproved.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace

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  • I had told them that I should not return until the morning, and had given them explicit orders not to stir from the house.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • Logic would dictate that the man write down explicit instructions, but he did not.
  • I was not explicit enough with him before.
    Austen, Jane  --  Mansfield Park
  • Additionally, I would personally add that the United States should explicitly affirm the principle of "democratic sovereignty" as a core universal principle in all international and global relations, and as central to the administration of the United Nations.
    John R. Bolton  --  American Justice and the International Criminal Court  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.22883/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • The professor was found guilty of using sexually explicit examples that a reasonable female would find offensive, intimidating, and contributing to a hostile environment.
  • I had told them that I should not return until the morning, and had given them explicit orders not to stir from the house.
    Poe, Edgar Allan  --  The Cask Of Amontillado

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  • Constitutional law, in the sense of judicial decisions that are guided—at least in aspiration—by the text, structure, and logic of the written Constitution, is dead. It has been replaced, often as a matter of explicit doctrine, with subjective judicial impressions of popular sentiment or political utility.
    Michael S. Greve  --  The Term the Constitution Died  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.18112/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • Nonetheless, many traditional "public" schools (such as members of the Coalition of Essential Schools) today explicitly promote a particular world view and endorse a particular social ethos.
    Frederick M. Hess  --  What Is a "Public School"?  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.19900/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • Other countries believe that what happens in their part of the world is their business not America’s and quite explicitly respond: "MYOB." [Mind Your Own Business]
    Samuel P. Huntington  --  Global Perspectives on War and Peace  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.16661,filter.all/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • Oliver, quite elated and honoured by a sense of his importance, faithfully promised to be secret and explicit in his communications.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Oliver Twist Or The Parish Boy’s Progress
  • To be more explicit, the initials mean that I am Thoroughly Educated.
    Baum, L. Frank  --  The Marvelous Land of Oz
  • Strauss explicitly warns against the liberal idealism that holds that "to make the world safe for the Western democracies, one must make the whole globe democratic, each country in itself as well as the society of nations."
    Thomas Pangle  --  Leo Strauss’s Perspective on Modern Politics  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.19540,filter.all/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
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as in: explicit instructions Define
precise and clear so there is no confusion or doubt about what was/is said
as in: explicit photos and pornography Define
expressing or displaying sexual activity or nudity in a manner that leaves little to the imagination
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