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Definitions of explicit

  1. A word formerly used ( as finis is now) at the conclusion of a book to indicate the end.
  2. Having no disguised meaning or reservation; unreserved; outspoken; - applied to persons; as, he was earnest and explicit in his statement.
  3. Plain; definite; as, explicit instructions.
  4. Explicitly.
  5. Explicitness.
  6. Unfolded hence, not implied; not merely by implication; distinctly stated; plain in language; open to the understanding; clear; not obscure or ambiguous; express; " The language of the proposition was too explicit to admit of doubt."- Bancroft: plain; open; clear; unreserved; having no disguised meaning or reservation; minute in detail; outspoken; applied to persons; as he was explicit in his terms; " Favor us by being more explicit."- Farrar. - EXPLICIT FUNCTION, in alg. a variable is said to be an explicit function of several others when its value, expressed in terms of those of the independent variables, is given. Thus, if z- ax3+ 2bxy+ cy3, z is said to be an explicit function of x. If, on the other hand, z were connected with x and y by an equation of any other form, it would be called an implicit function of the latter. Brande. - An EXPLICIT PROPOSITION or DECLARATION is that in which the words, in their common acceptation, express the true meaning of the person who utters them, and in which there is no ambiguity or disguise.
  7. A word formerly used at the conclusion of books, as finis is now used. " The Liber Festivalis of Caxton concludes with 'Explicit: Enprynted at Westminster, etc., mcccclxxxiij. ' "- Johnson.
  8. Clear; plainly stated.
  9. Plainly expressed, or that plainly expresses.
  10. Distinctly stated, not merely implied; express; plain in language; open and distinct in statement.
  11. The end or finis, fermerly at the conclusion of books.
  12. Clear; plain; not ambiguous or obscure.

Usage examples for explicit

  1. When under examination, her answers were about as direct, explicit, and to the point, as most other suspected ones were able to give to the perplexing questions which were put; and some of hers have more snap than we usually find in words from lips of the " forlorn and broken down." – Witchcraft of New England Explained by Modern Spiritualism by Allen Putnam
  2. In this way, more or less explicit method is gradually built up. – How We Think by John Dewey
  3. They are sufficiently explicit. – Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia by William Gilmore Simms
  4. For goodness' sake be more explicit, Penny! – The Moon out of Reach by Margaret Pedler
  5. " No. Your cable was explicit," said the Tracer. – The Tracer of Lost Persons by Robert W. Chambers
  6. Your letters are not very explicit, my dear. – A Country Gentleman and his Family by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  7. For months of subtle preparation his promises were explicit. – Irish Nationality by Alice Stopford Green
  8. I trust I have made myself quite explicit. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
  9. Is that sufficiently explicit? – Empire Builders by Francis Lynde
  10. De Vergennes was explicit in his language to Beaumarchais: to Englishmen and Americans alike the affair must be an " individual speculation." – Benjamin Franklin by John Torrey Morse, Jr.
  11. In either case the language is not explicit. – The Canon of the Bible by Samuel Davidson
  12. Explicit as the information was it led nowhere, apparently. – The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle
  13. Lord James, you must explain that; you must be explicit. – Out of the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  14. Then I will be more explicit. – The Regent's Daughter by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  15. Letters from my mother became very explicit now; she said that troublesome times were coming in the country, and she would like me to be out of it. – Daisy by Elizabeth Wetherell
  16. I am very explicit to you although we have of late been strangers, because in former days you were closely acquainted with the condition of my family affairs. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  17. Bob Scott, who knew the recess well, repeated his explicit directions as to how de Spain was to reach Sassoon's shack. – Nan of Music Mountain by Frank H. Spearman
  18. Now begin it all over again, and be more explicit. – Rossmoyne by Unknown
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