ex·​plic·​it·​ly ik-ˈspli-sət-lē How to pronounce explicitly (audio)
: in an explicit manner : clearly and without any vagueness or ambiguity
We were explicitly warned about what could happen.
The map shows explicitly where the fire alarms are located.
… did not know about the ferrying of weapons to the rebels, an activity explicitly forbidden by Congress.Neil A. Lewis

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh, one of the leading purveyors of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric in the US, has explicitly stated that the aim is to make the open embrace of the LGBTQ community harmful to brands. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 31 May 2023 No other Republican lawmakers have explicitly called for his removal in public remarks. Billy House, Fortune, 30 May 2023 Finally, while the property isn’t explicitly adults only, it’s definitely geared more toward grown-ups. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 26 May 2023 And some of them were explicitly, overtly partisan. Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2023 House Bill 99, which would explicitly ban discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in housing and other areas of the law, passed out of two House committees before stalling in the Judiciary Committee. Iris Samuels, Anchorage Daily News, 25 May 2023 The measures that drew the NRA’s challenge Tuesday write new criteria for who can carry firearms in public and explicitly restricts where most permit holders can bring their weapons, including polling places, preschools, hospitals and stadiums. Erin Cox, Washington Post, 16 May 2023 The organizations − which include the Air Force Sergeants Association, VoteVets and Easterseals − asked lawmakers to explicitly exempt Veterans Affairs from future cuts. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 2 May 2023 Counties may explicitly bar shooting on smaller lots in subdivisions, but many have opted not to do so, relying instead on more general rules preventing recklessness or firing over property lines. J. David Goodman, New York Times, 2 May 2023 See More

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Word History


explicit + -ly entry 2

First Known Use

circa 1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of explicitly was circa 1657

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“Explicitly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explicitly. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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