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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.

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  • 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
  • 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 photos and pornography Define
expressing or displaying sexual activity or nudity in a manner that leaves little to the imagination
  • The computer has a filter that blocks explicit photos and pornography.
  • The movie is rated "R" because of explicit sex scenes.
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  • "In my admission letter from Duke it actually explicitly says that they won’t take me if I get arrested."
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • As we made conversation, she was friendly but never pushy, explicitly respectful of other people’s space.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • When her flirtations became more explicit, Walter hesitated, and then persuaded himself that no one would ever know.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Sometimes I explicitly remember the images from my past, remember being a part of them.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • It rested lightly at the moment, but the threat was explicit.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Contemptuous that I should wake when I’d so explicitly asked for an eternal escape, I shouted a command as prince of The Shade.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • And now I must be explicit, for this that follows—unless his explanation is to be accepted—is an absolutely unaccountable thing.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • What he saw in this mind-movie was every bit as explicit as one of those grainy X-rated pictures you see at the State Theater on Congress Street.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Isabel was often amused at his explicitness and at the small allowance he seemed to make either for her own experience or for her imagination.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • "Be a little more explicit," I said.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter

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  • Behind this explicit resolution there lay an implicit one.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • "What’s up with you?" I said, for I didn’t want to ask explicitly; it was bad manners.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • But his eyes were as explicit as otherwise everything was vague about this gray, yellow, and white-haired head, bent with weakness.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • [Very explicitly] That is Major Barbara Undershaft, of the Salvation Army.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • Isabel was often amused at his explicitness and at the small allowance he seemed to make either for her own experience or for her imagination.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • No one shall enter without the explicit approval of our ambassador.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • But, as he told me explicitly, My premiums will go up now, so it’s still money out of my pocket.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Do the Articles of Confederation explicitly prohibit a peacetime military?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Very rarely tells him anything more explicit.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Colonel Korn had been most explicit about that.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • This is the one that gives explicit instructions on how to make a Horcrux.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The terms of the Code were explicit.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It gave clever and explicit directions for the paying over of the money, and ended with a threat that the boy’s life would pay for any treachery.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • "Are you the man that will shelter a poor woman and child from slave-catchers?" said the senator, explicitly.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Now, I might have dwelled on the explicit irony of this last one, but the onscreen me was already moving on.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • She hung up the phone and summoned my brother Richie to the kitchen, gave htm carfare and explicit instructions: Tell Helen all is forgiven.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • But even so, there was a more explicit problem with the mayor’s argument that, as he’d put it, "those fields weren’t made for soccer."
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Some kids waved to their parents, but only briefly—it was an explicit instruction that they march straight and don’t look or wave to the crowd.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • I would prefer to report this, but our orders are explicit: Once we dive, no transmissions of any kind, for any reason.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • We tried to keep a bop in our step, tried to keep it cool, but by now we were pretty explicitly speed-walking.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Many of the Constitutions of the States are even less explicit.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The conference was a milestone, for it explicitly linked the ANC and MK.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Her face worked and broke into strained, hardening lines, as if there had been a death-that too-explicit evidence of agony in the desire to communicate.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • And it is the educator’s task explicitly to foster the true—and by appropriate practical persuasion forever to eradicate the false when it tries to emerge.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It may be well to say here, a little more explicitly, that there was no real intention to describe with particular accuracy any real characters in this book.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Indeed, at the time of Woineshet’s rape, Ethiopian law explicitly provided that a man could not be prosecuted for violating a woman or girl he later married.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Explicit liber primus.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Explicit liber primus.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • I have given explicit directions this year, though.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Explicit the Wedding of King Arthur.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • His look, which traveled without stopping for long anywhere, was a hurried focusing of a very tender and explicit regard.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Explicit the Wedding of King Arthur.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • All authorities, except those the States explicitly relinquished to the Union, remain fully with the States.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • At first she had not even thought seriously that she was obliged to respond, but the letter was so explicit that there was no way to avoid it.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Then he was more explicit.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Which the job sheet explicitly tells you not to do.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Tupolev’s orders were explicit, the more so since, as his zampolit had pointed out, he was a former pupil of the traitor Ramius.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • The explicit and well-intended purpose of all these arrangements was apparently to show that Grandfather had now passed on forever to his authentic and true form.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • EXPLICIT LIBER PRIMUS
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Less explicit than the call to Krishna, it voiced our loneliness nevertheless, our isolation, our need for the Friend who never comes yet is not entirely disproved.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
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