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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. 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.
(Science: mathematics) see function.
Synonym: express, clear, plain, open, unreserved, unambiguous.
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.
Origin: L. Explicitus; p.p. Of explicare to unfold: cf. F. Explicite. See Explicate, Exploit.

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