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ex·plic·it  audio  (k-splst) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
    1. Fully and clearly expressed; leaving nothing implied.
    2. Fully and clearly defined or formulated: "generalizations that are powerful, precise, and explicit" (Frederick Turner).
  1. Forthright and unreserved in expression: They were explicit in their criticism.
    1. Readily observable: an explicit sign of trouble.
    2. Describing or portraying nudity or sexual activity in graphic detail.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin explicitus, past participle of explicre, to unfold ; see explicate

OTHER FORMS:
ex·plicit·ly(Adverb), ex·plicit·ness(Noun)

SYNONYMS:
explicit, categorical, definite, express, specific

These adjectives mean entirely clear and unambiguous: explicit statements; a categorical refusal; a definite answer; my express wishes; a specific purpose.
Antonym: ambiguous


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