Meaning of “explicit” in the English Dictionary

"explicit" in English

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uk /ɪkˈsplɪs.ɪt/ 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 /ɪkˈsplɪs.ɪ us /ɪkˈsplɪs.ɪ

I told you quite explicitly (= clearly) to be home by midnight.
noun [ U ] uk /ɪkˈsplɪs.ɪt.nəs/ us /ɪkˈsplɪs.ɪt.nəs/

(Definition of “explicit” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"explicit" in American English

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explicitadjective [ not gradable ]

us /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.

adverb [ not gradable ] us /ɪkˈsplɪs·ət·li/

(Definition of “explicit” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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