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
On Wednesday, Rob Kardashian posted a series of explicit images and messages to Instagram to call out Blac Chyna for, among other things, allegedly cheating on him and using drugs.
A Huntersville doctor accused of sharing explicit child-pornography videos and photographs with undercover police in 2015 is expected to plead guilty next week in federal court.
But according to the rapper's album producer, nothing on the new album has been recorded without Queen Bey's explicit approval.
The Ada County Sheriff’s Office said in May 2016 that the female client told officers Sundgaard groped her and made several sexually explicit remarks during the massage session on March 1, 2016.
In a text published four years after Suni’s death, one of his students revealed Suni’s notes on the melody, in which Suni makes an explicit analogy between the peaks of the mountain and the melodic contour.
Many pastors have ignored the law, and many have made an explicit effort to challenge the law under a campaign called Pulpit Freedom Sunday.
A woman moving so far beyond delicate, weepy declarations of loss and longing to express explicit rage in the context of a sexual relationship does not, traditionally, a Top 40 single make.
The company screens people’s publicly available posts against a set of criteria such as potentially illegal or violent activity, or content that is sexually explicit, racist or intolerant.
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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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