Explicit – what does it mean? Definition, synonyms, examples in sentences
Do you know the adjective explicit? What does it mean? Do you know any synonyms of this word and how to use it in sentences? The answers to these questions will be made explicit to you in this article.
Explicit – what does it mean? Definition
Explicit is an adjective that means clear and exact, easy to understand, so that you have no doubt what is meant, as in explicit instructions or explicit directions.
It can also mean clearly developed or formulated, as in explicit knowledge, explicit plan or explicit belief.
Explicit can also refer to a description that is often included in parental-advisory warnings about movies, books or song lyrics etc. that show or talk about sex or violence in a very detailed way.
Explicit – synonyms
Here are some synonyms of the word explicit that will be helpful in remembering its meaning:
Explicit – etymology
The word explicit meaning “open to the understanding, not obscure or ambiguous” dates back to the 1610s and comes from the French word explicite or Latin explicitus “unobstructed”.
As a euphemism for “pornographic” it dates from 1971, however, phrases such as sexually explicit are earlier. Interestingly, explicitus was written at the end of medieval books and was originally short for explicitus est liber meaning “the book is unrolled”.
Explicit – examples from the literature and press
All the poor lady’s papers were in order; explicit directions regarding the place of burial were given.
Bram Stoker, Dracula
In any case, it seemed to him that if Cedric had really wanted to give Harry a hand, he would have been a lot more explicit.
J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
It is rare that a conspiracy can be proven by direct evidence of an explicit agreement.
“New York Times”, Nov 10, 2022