First attested 1609, from French explicite, from Latin explicitus (“disentangled", "easy”), an alternative form of the past participle of explicāre (“to unfold”), from ex- (“out”) + plicō (“to fold”). Pornographic sense is from 1971.
- Very specific, clear, or detailed.
- I gave explicit instructions for him to stay here, but he followed me, anyway.
- Containing material (e.g. language or film footage) that might be deemed offensive or graphic.
- The film had several scenes including explicit language and sex.
- explicit in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- explicit in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
From Latin explicō (“to unfold”).
- end (of a story)