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Definition of "explicit" []

  • Fully and clearly expressed; leaving nothing implied. (adjective)
  • Fully and clearly defined or formulated: "generalizations that are powerful, precise, and explicit” ( Frederick Turner). (adjective)
  • Forthright and unreserved in expression: They were explicit in their criticism. (adjective)
  • Readily observable: an explicit sign of trouble. (adjective)
  • Describing or portraying nudity or sexual activity in graphic detail. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "explicit" in a sentence
  • "2. I am using the term explicit memory here to refer to both explicit memory that governs our ability to remember and work with information in the short term (what I refer to as working memory) and explicit long-term memory that is often divided into semantic memory (our memory for particular facts, such as “dogs often bark”) and episodic memory (our memory for autobiographical experiences, such as “the first time you met your spouse”)."
  • "Charles Jencks, the author of The Iconic Building, describes architectural icons as delicate balancing acts between what he calls explicit signs and implicit symbols, that is, between memorable forms and the images they conjure up."
  • "Out of print, it still circulated steadily among readers increasingly aware of the intensifying strategic alliance between the Republican Party and millions of those I term explicit American Religionists."