explicit Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “explicit” in the English Dictionary

"explicit" in British English

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uk   us   /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).
C2 showing or ​talking about ​sex or ​violence in a very ​detailed way: a sexually explicit ​movie
adverb uk   us   /-li/
I told you ​quite explicitly (= ​clearly) to be ​home by ​midnight.
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of explicit from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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explicitadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ɪkˈsplɪs·ɪt/
communicateddirectly in a ​clear and ​exact way: I gave them explicit ​directions on how to get here. Explicit also ​meansshowingfulldetails, without anything ​hidden or ​suggested.
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ɪkˈsplɪs·ət·li/
(Definition of explicit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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