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1  —as in:
explicit instructions
Definition clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
  • She gave us explicit instructions.
explicit = precisely and clearly expressed
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We need to be more explicit so this will not be misunderstood.
  • explicit = precise and clear
  • 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  -- (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • In my admission letter from Duke it actually explicitly says that they won't take me if I get arrested.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • explicitly = clearly and specifically
  • I was not explicit enough with him before.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • explicit = clear
  • 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
  • explicitly = clearly and specifically
  • The lawyer never explicitly encouraged dishonesty, but he did make it clear that what I said would either increase or decrease the odds that Mom spent additional time in prison.
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy
  • explicitly = specifically (in exact words)
  • I think of myself as an obedient woman; up until this time I'd generally done the things told to me by Mother, or Mameha, or even Hatsumomo when I'd had no other choice; but I felt such a combination of anger at Mother and longing for Yasuda-san that I made up my mind right then to do the very thing Mother had ordered me most explicitly not to do.
    Arthur Golden  --  Memoirs of a Geisha
  • explicitly = clearly
  • 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
  • explicit = clear
  • André Vernet was a dear friend of Jacques, and Jacques trusted him explicitly.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
explicitly = without any doubts

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2  —as in:
explicit photos and pornography
Definition expressing or displaying sexual activity or violence in a detailed manner
  • The computer has a filter that blocks explicit photos and pornography.
explicit = expressing or displaying sexual activity or nudity in a manner that leaves little to the imagination
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The movie is rated "R" because of explicit sex scenes.
  • explicit = expressing or displaying sexual activity or nudity in a manner that leaves little to the imagination
  • Almost inevitably, his reveries of reunion with her ended in explicit acts of love-making.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • explicit = detailed sexual activity
  • Overly explicit. A man or a woman who is a medium or a wizard shall be put to death; they shall be stoned with stones, their blood shall be upon them.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • explicit = expressing violence in a detailed manner
  • He stood aloof, because he wished to avoid suggesting himself as a subject for the Squire's fatherly jokes in connection with matrimony and Miss Nancy Lammeter's beauty, which were likely to become more and more explicit.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
explicit = expressing sexual activity in a detailed manner

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