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
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man accused of coercing a 13-year-old girl to send him explicit pictures has pleaded guilty to manufacturing child pornography.
Investigators found numerous Facebook explicit messages between White and the victim.
Other European leaders issued more explicit appeals to the U.S. government not to abandon international measures against climate change.
The weakening of congressional control over war powers — exemplified by the lack of explicit authorization for current military operations in Syria — has often been noted.
Dozens of people have died after plunging off western North Carolina’s many waterfalls in recent decades, often despite explicit warning signs.
The truth is that segregation in every metropolitan area was imposed by racially explicit federal, state and local policy, without which private actions of prejudice or discrimination would not have been very effective.
In a speech to Confederate veterans in Mississippi in 1878, Jefferson Davis made this equation of Lost Cause ideology explicit.
Police Cuts Without making an explicit link to the Manchester attack, Corbyn sought to turn the tables on the Conservatives by suggesting that their austerity measures have led to cuts in police numbers that endangered the public.
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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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