explicit

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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.

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explicit (comparative more explicit, superlative most explicit)

  1. Very specific, clear, or detailed.
    I gave explicit instructions for him to stay here, but he followed me, anyway.
  2. (euphemistic) 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.
  3. (obsolete) Used at the conclusion of a book to indicate the end.

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin explicō (to unfold).

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explicit m

  1. end (of a story)

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