1. Fully and clearly expressed; leaving nothing implied.
2. Fully and clearly defined or formulated: “generalizations that are powerful, precise, and explicit” (Frederick Turner).
2. Forthright and unreserved in expression: They were explicit in their criticism.
1. Readily observable: an explicit sign of trouble.
2. Describing or portraying nudity or sexual activity in graphic detail.
[Latin explicitus, past participle of explicāre, to unfold. See explicate.]
explicitly ex·plic'it·ly adv.
explicitness ex·plic'it·ness n.