Ex·pli·cit A word formerly used (as finis is now) at the conclusion of a book to indicate the end.
1. Not implied merely, or conveyed by implication; distinctly stated; plain in language; open to the understanding; clear; not obscure or ambiguous; express; unequivocal; as, an explicit declaration. Opposite of implicit.
The language of the charter was too explicit to admit of a doubt. --Bancroft.
2. Having no disguised meaning or reservation; unreserved; outspoken; -- applied to persons; as, he was earnest and explicit in his statement.
Explicit function. Math. See under Function.
Syn: -- Express; clear; plain; open; unreserved; unambiguous.
Usage: -- Explicit, Express. Explicit denotes a setting forth in the plainest language, so that the meaning can not be misunderstood; as, an explicit promise. Express is stronger than explicit: it adds force to clearness. An express promise or engagement is not only unambiguous, but stands out in bold relief, with the most binding hold on the conscience. An explicit statement; a clear and explicit notion; explicit direction; no words can be more explicit. An explicit command; an express prohibition. “An express declaration goes forcibly and directly to the point. An explicit declaration leaves nothing ambiguous.” --C. J. Smith.
adj 1: precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable;
leaving nothing to implication; "explicit
instructions"; "she made her wishes explicit";
"explicit sexual scenes" [syn: expressed] [ant: implicit]
2: in accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term