Definition of explicit
- explicit instructions
- explicit books and films
- an explicit plan
- an explicit notion of our objective
- was very explicit on how we are to behave
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
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: very clear and complete : leaving no doubt about the meaning
: showing or referring very openly to nudity, violence, or sexual activity
: openly shown
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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