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 for Explicit
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Explicit \Ex"pli*cit\ [LL., an abbreviation of explicitus (est
     liber) the book (which anciently was a roll of parchment) is
     unfolded (and, of course, "finished"). See Explicit, a.]
     A word formerly used (as finis is now) at the conclusion of a
     book to indicate the end.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Explicit \Ex*plic"it\, a. [L. explicitus; p. p. of explicare to
     unfold: cf. F. explicite. See Explicate, Exploit.]
     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. Opposite of implicit.
        [1913 Webster]
              The language of the charter was too explicit to
              admit of a doubt.                     --Bancroft.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Having no disguised meaning or reservation; unreserved;
        outspoken; -- applied to persons; as, he was earnest and
        explicit in his statement.
        [1913 Webster]
     Explicit function. (Math.) See under Function.
     Syn: Express; clear; plain; open; unreserved; unambiguous.
     Usage: 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."
            --C. J. Smith.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable;
             leaving nothing to implication; "explicit instructions";
             "she made her wishes explicit"; "explicit sexual scenes"
             [syn: explicit, expressed] [ant: implicit,
      2: in accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term
         [syn: denotative, explicit]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  139 Moby Thesaurus words for "explicit":
     absolute, accurate, admitting no exception, all-out, apparent,
     artless, bluff, blunt, broad, brusque, candid, categorical,
     categorically, certain, clean-cut, clear, clear as crystal,
     clear as day, clear-cut, coherent, complete, conclusive, connected,
     consistent, correct, crisp, crystal-clear, crystalline, decided,
     decisive, defined, definite, definitely, definitive, determinate,
     direct, discernible, distinct, downright, entire, evident, exact,
     explicitly, express, final, fixed, flat, flat-out, forthright,
     frank, frankhearted, free, free-speaking, free-spoken,
     free-tongued, genuine, global, heart-to-heart, implicit,
     inappealable, indisputable, indubitable, ingenuous, limpid,
     loud and clear, lucid, luminous, manifest, noticeable, observable,
     obvious, open, open-and-shut, openhearted, out-and-out, outright,
     outspoken, palpable, patent, pellucid, perceivable, perceptible,
     peremptory, perfect, perspicuous, plain, plain as day,
     plain-spoken, positive, precise, round, seeable, self-evident,
     self-explaining, self-explanatory, simple, sincere, specific,
     specifically, stated, straight, straight-out, straightforward,
     sure, tangible, to be seen, total, translucent, transparent,
     transpicuous, unambiguous, unchecked, uncircumscribed,
     unconditional, unconditioned, unconfused, unconstrained,
     understandable, undoubting, unequivocal, unguarded, unhampered,
     unhesitating, univocal, unlimited, unmistakable, unmitigated,
     unqualified, unquestioning, unreserved, unrestrained, unrestricted,
     unwaivable, utter, visible, well-defined, whole, without exception,
     without reserve

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