Definition of explicit
1a : fully revealed or expressed without vagueness, implication, or ambiguity : leaving no question as to meaning or intent explicit instructionsb : open in the depiction of nudity or sexuality explicit books and films
2 : fully developed or formulated an explicit plan an explicit notion of our objective
3 : unambiguous in expression was very explicit on how we are to behave
Examples of explicit in a Sentence
From closer restrictions on sexually explicit writing came the success, in the mid-19th century, of the novelist George Thompson, who combined graphically violent scenes set in urban dystopias with coy peekaboo references to sex. —Susan Dominus, New York Times Book Review5 Apr. 2009
… the cheerleaders in Washington wore dreads and leather pants and those burdensome-looking collections of buttons (those … skeins of explicit ideology), rather than letter sweaters and pleated skirts … —Jonathan Franzen, New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2001
Therefore, the Administration's policy was the explicit, if unpublicized, one that it was necessary to allow Saddam Hussein to put down the rebellions. —Elizabeth Drew, New Yorker, 6 May 1991
They were given explicit instructions.
Changes to the property can't be done without their explicit consent.
The law is very explicit about how these measures should be enacted.
a song with explicit lyrics
The movie contains scenes of explicit violence.
two people engaging in explicit sex
Recent Examples of explicit from the Web
The explicit aim is to give candidates an incentive to woo broad coalitions that cross party lines, rather than merely fire up hard-core partisans.
And then there’s the issue of the recent repeal of new FCC rules that would have prevented internet service providers from seeing and selling consumers’ browser behavior without explicit consent.
Board members previously refused to impose an explicit ban on funding projects that use fossil fuels, which scientists say are responsible for climate change.
The store has no explicit theme, but it's grouped in a flurry of categories.
Farber charged that the rabbinate has no explicit criteria for determining the Jewishness of people who wish to marry in Israel.
The prostitute makes her debut in this scene just below camera, along with some very explicit noises courtesy of the hardworking Game of Thrones foley artists.
Any of those steps can be shaped by gender discrimination, explicit or otherwise.
But according to the rapper's album producer, nothing on the new album has been recorded without Queen Bey's explicit approval.
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Synonym Discussion of explicit
EXPLICIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of explicit for English Language Learners
: very clear and complete : leaving no doubt about the meaning
: showing or referring very openly to nudity, violence, or sexual activity
: openly shown
EXPLICIT Defined for Kids
Definition of explicit for Students
: so clear in statement that there is no doubt about the meaning explicit instructions
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