March 23, 2012
explicit (adjective)
\ik-SPLISS-it\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: so clear in statement that there is no doubt about the meaning
How do you use it?
Dad wanted to be sure that we washed and dried the car before waxing it, so he left an explicit note with numbered items of what we were to do.
Are you a word wiz?

Let's be clear: of course there's a quiz today! Which of the following do you think means about the same thing as "explicit"?

No doubt about it, answer C is correct. "Explicit," "express," "definite," and "specific" all mean perfectly clear in meaning. "Explicit" implies such plain and distinct choice of words that there is no need for inference and no room for difficulty in understanding, as in "explicit instructions." "Express" implies that a statement is direct and positive as well as explicit, as in "her express wishes." "Definite" stresses precise, clear statement or arrangement that leaves no doubt or indecision, as for example, "definite rules." And "specific" applies to what is precisely and fully treated in detail or particular, as for instance, "specific criticisms."
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