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English definition of “explicit”

explicit

adjective [not gradable]    /ɪkˈsplɪs·ɪt/
communicated directly in a clear and exact way: I gave them explicit directions on how to get here. Explicit also means showing full details , without anything hidden or suggested . explicitly    /ɪkˈsplɪs·ət·li/ adverb [not gradable]
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