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English definition of “explicit”


adjective     /ɪkˈsplɪs.ɪt/
C2 clear and exact: I gave her very explicit directions how to get here. She was very explicit about (= said very clearly and exactly) what she thought was wrong with the plans. I wasn't aware that I would be paying - you certainly didn't make it explicit (= state it clearly). → Compare implicitApparent and obviousVisibleEasy to understand C2 showing or talking about sex or violence in a very detailed way: a sexually explicit filmRelating to sex and sexual desireRude and cheeky explicitly     /-li/ adverb I told you quite explicitly (= clearly) to be home by midnight.Apparent and obviousVisibleEasy to understand explicitness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Apparent and obviousVisibleEasy to understand
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