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explicit
adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a specific/direct/explicit reference (=mentioning something specifically/directly etc)
▪ No specific reference was made to the race of the children.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
as
▪ Note, however, that this should not be as explicit as is the name of the murderer.
▪ Documentation must be as explicit as possible because staff and circumstance seem to take a rabbinical delight in producing difficult cases.
▪ The prelates were concerned, as explicit statements show, primarily to defend the church's liberties.
▪ Pynchon is as explicit as Burroughs about the disruptive effects of his method.
less
▪ The focus on women was less explicit in the mid / late 1990s than it had earlier been.
▪ There was a political undercurrent as well, though this was less explicit.
▪ If the scenes of homosexuality were less explicit, there would be a powerful case for allowing its broadcast.
▪ It would be difficult to imagine a less explicit authorizing resolution.
▪ In the earlier period the reports were much less explicit than now.
▪ Women, it appears, are more likely to be stimulated by written and less explicit material.
more
▪ Moreover, the principle of linguistic self-consciousness or reflexivity seems to be made even more explicit when transposed to the narrative model.
▪ The Derveni commentary was more explicit regarding character of time in the human world.
▪ He didn't need to be more explicit.
▪ Can things get any more explicit?
▪ In these studies, racism is also a more explicit part of the research agenda.
▪ But then patterns begin to freeze, making relationships more explicit and meanings more precise.
▪ The implicit values in drama are made more explicit in the advertising that sponsors and accompanies the fiction.
▪ Of course, making the connection more explicit will not impress everybody.
most
▪ One of the most explicit political theories of that period is that of Gluckman.
▪ Buchanan has been the most explicit in offering a diagnosis, and a cure.
▪ However, even in the best companies, most explicit knowledge never appears in documents or databases.
▪ The most explicit works were made in recent years, when censorship has eased.
▪ Adam Smith made the most explicit statements in support of the idea that education improves the quality of labour and hence raises economic growth.
▪ The surveys have provided the most explicit statement of how, and on what basis, data are collected.
quite
▪ The codes of governments and religions are usually quite explicit and allow little room for diversity or change.
▪ In fact, most of the descriptions are quite explicit, and a good understanding can be obtained by following the details.
▪ If Luke is vague on the subject, Matthew and Mark are both quite explicit.
▪ Hobbes is quite explicit about this.
▪ In Revelation 13 the link between the cosmic powers and the deep is quite explicit.
▪ In most cases the literature which we discuss offers clear priorities and quite explicit points of view in relation to photographic cultures.
▪ These are quite explicit in the Communist Manifesto as well as many other writings of many Marxist thinkers.
▪ It had involved disregarding Rosa's quite explicit wishes.
sexually
▪ It didn't need to be sexually explicit.
▪ Gruntal managers also frequently permitted and also circulated cartoons and other sexually explicit materials in the office.
▪ As sexually explicit lyrics boomed and fans pressed against the stage, two young women pushed their way to the front.
▪ Warning: These plays are sexually explicit and contain nudity and violence which may offend.
▪ The best-selling sexually explicit blockbuster phenomenon is to do with money, nothing to do with literature.
▪ At least were their dreams after seeing the films more sexually explicit than on control nights?
▪ He was found not guilty of supplying a copy of an unclassified and uncut version of the sexually explicit film Caligula.
very
▪ It has attempted to be very explicit about what it considers to be unnecessary local expenditure.
▪ Write a mash note to the waiter on the hill: Be very explicit.
▪ There are some very explicit recommendations to involve the voluntary sector in an important way.
▪ The grammatical and morphological information in learner's dictionaries also tend to be very explicit.
▪ The fourth commandment is very explicit that six days of every week are for work and one for rest.
▪ I know of no very explicit discussion of how this could come about, in evolution or in individual development.
▪ There was a suicide note of a kind in the car but the words were not very explicit.
■ NOUN
goal
▪ The answer to what must be done has to begin with some explicit goals.
instruction
▪ Her explicit instructions were not to get involved, nor ever to reveal her real purpose there.
▪ Such an approach occasionally misrepresents the composer's explicit instructions.
knowledge
▪ After Kingman there was a growing consensus that some kind of explicit knowledge about language was necessary for both teachers and pupils.
▪ They should rather be given explicit knowledge, thus preventing the usual defence of a claim of ignorance.
▪ However, even in the best companies, most explicit knowledge never appears in documents or databases.
material
▪ Sexually explicit material is fine in front of a student crowd, but elsewhere it can be a bit tricky.
▪ Gruntal managers also frequently permitted and also circulated cartoons and other sexually explicit materials in the office.
▪ Women, it appears, are more likely to be stimulated by written and less explicit material.
recognition
▪ But Anselm never stopped trying to get an explicit recognition of Canterbury's claim from the pope.
▪ Guarantees of economic freedoms included explicit recognition of the right of citizens to engage in private business.
▪ This changed when there was explicit recognition of the place of party politics in the shaping of education.
reference
▪ These are the main cases in which an explicit reference is made to the importance of intention in interpreting trusts.
▪ We finally debated at great length whether it would be possible to avoid making explicit reference to the Director.
statement
▪ An explicit statement saying that applicable standards have been adhered to, or the reasons for departures, must also be included.
▪ Recommended changes had to be substantiated by explicit statements of rationale, supported by the systematic review of relevant empirical data.
▪ Often the clues to meaning lie in subtle implication rather than in explicit statement.
▪ The prelates were concerned, as explicit statements show, primarily to defend the church's liberties.
▪ Adam Smith made the most explicit statements in support of the idea that education improves the quality of labour and hence raises economic growth.
▪ There were even explicit statements to the effect that science and religion should not be mixed.
▪ This allows rules with a wide variety of realisations to be specified with only a small number of explicit statements.
▪ The surveys have provided the most explicit statement of how, and on what basis, data are collected.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ A health inspector gave explicit instructions on how to correct the problem.
▪ He's not being very explicit about his plans, is he?
▪ I don't quite understand -- could you be a bit more explicit?
▪ Mr Beazley left explicit instructions that he wasn't to be disturbed.
▪ There are several very explicit love scenes in the movie.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Already, certain sites on the Internet make an explicit commitment to privacy.
▪ It didn't need to be sexually explicit.
▪ Sometimes the researcher will present an explicit hypothesis and set out to test it.
▪ Special manuals provide explicit and elaborate instructions as to the creating of different icons and the use of different kinds of material.
▪ The prelates were concerned, as explicit statements show, primarily to defend the church's liberties.
▪ The presence of these links is often signalled by explicit cues within the text.
▪ This is because the explicit tax rate and the means-tested benefit withdrawal rate exceeds unity.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Explicit

Explicit \Ex"pli*cit\ [LL., an abbreviation of explicitus (est liber) the book (which anciently was a roll of parchment) is unfolded (and, of course, ``finished''). See Explicit, a.] A word formerly used (as finis is now) at the conclusion of a book to indicate the end.

Explicit

Explicit \Ex*plic"it\, a. [L. explicitus; p. p. of explicare to unfold: cf. F. explicite. See Explicate, Exploit.]

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
explicit

1610s, "open to the understanding, not obscure or ambiguous," from French explicite, from Latin explicitus "unobstructed," variant past participle of explicare "unfold, unravel, explain," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + plicare "to fold" (see ply (v.1)). As a euphemism for "pornographic" it dates from 1971. Related: Explicitness. "Explicitus" was written at the end of medieval books, originally short for explicitus est liber "the book is unrolled."

Wiktionary
explicit

a. 1 Very specific, clear, or detailed. 2 (context euphemism English) Containing material (e.g. language or film footage) that might be deemed offensive or graphic. 3 (context obsolete English) (non-gloss definition: Used at the conclusion of a book to indicate the end.)

WordNet
explicit
  1. adj. 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 [syn: denotative]

Wikipedia
Explicit

Explicit (from Latin explicare, "to unfold" and thus also make visible) can mean:

  • Sexually explicit, content that might be deemed offensive or graphic
  • Explicit knowledge, knowledge that can be readily articulated, codified, and can be easily transmitted to others
  • the final words of a text; contrast with incipit

Usage examples of "explicit".

Villiers, the leader of the anti-cornlaw party in the commons, demanded final and explicit explanations from the government, alleging that distrust and alarm filled the country.

The tapes from Allure were as explicit as anything shown on Ninth Avenue in New York, or Zeedijk Street in Amsterdam, or the Peeperbahn in Hamburg.

He has misunderstood because his mind was not prepared by making the proper apperceiving ideas explicit.

We have no direct, explicit attestations to guide us, so I saved this problem for the end.

The expert opinion was more explicit at the next meeting, held the day of the Shaw-Gregory testimony and attended by those doctors, the wound ballistics experts, Specter, McCloy, and others.

In the case of Alana Bassin, cited previously, the identification is quite explicit.

Alan guessed that Bonner had given the boy a ticket with explicit instructions in the newspaper he had dropped on the cafe table, probably for a flight that would board immediately so that any pursuers would be blocked-as Alan was--by the complexity of the terminal.

And this consideration, perhaps it was, which prevented Captain Blifil from being more explicit with Mrs.

The thoracotomy which had gone to theatre two days earlier was showing signs of congestion, so Eugenia sent for Harry and he in turn went away to fetch Mr Grenfell, who came unhurriedly, examined his patient, wrote up fresh instructions and asked that the physiotherapist should be sent for so that he might give explicit instructions about essential breathing exercises.

Indeed, the very process of moving away from the initial procedure of prepublication censorship had involved the explicit stigmatization of the left as the new enemy of democracy.

It looks at how we acquire the knowledge that lets us productively and pleasurably navigate malls that offer few explicit directions.

We have, then, to face on the one hand the authority of all writers about the Sacro Monte, and on the other, the exceedingly explicit claim made by Rossetti himself in the inscription given above.

It also appears, in the next place, from numerous explicit passages, that the New Testament authors, in common with their countrymen, supposed the souls of the departed to be gathered and tarrying in what the Church calls the intermediate state, the obscure under world.

He insinuates into his visualizable descriptions crucial elements not made explicit in his narrative.

Again and again have the most explicit statements been made by the most competent persons of the utter failure of all their trials, and there were the same abundant explanations offered as used to be for the Unguentum Armarium arid the Metallic Tractors.