V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. clearly expressed and leaving nothing to implication; 2. sexually graphic, open, and direct

Synonyms: specific, certain, definitive, direct, blunt, obvious, clear, profane

Antonyms: ambiguous, vague, unclear

Tips: Explicit describes things that are clear and need no explanation or implication. Explicit has come to be most commonly used to describe profane or sexual content, probably as a shortened version of "sexually explicit." When something is done explicitly, it is done clearly, specifically, and openly.

Usage Examples:

The song was banned because it contained explicit lyrics. (profane)

He was not very explicit about when he was planning to visit me. (specific, clear)

The new program is explicitly explained in the brochure. (clearly, specifically) adverb

Our manager was quite explicit about her expectations of the team, and we all know what we need to accomplish today. (direct, specific, clear)

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