1 specific, categorical, (crystal-)clear, definite, well-defined, distinct, unambiguous, precise, exact, unequivocal, express, stated, plain, manifest, unmistakable, positive, absolute, final, peremptory, unqualified, unconditional:
The children had explicit instructions to keep away from the canal.
2 open, outspoken, unreserved, unrestrained, candid, frank, direct, forthright, straightforward, definite:
She was explicit in her orders.
be | become | make sth, render sth
We think such information should be made explicit and not left vague.
a highly explicit description of torture
| absolutely, fully, quite
Our orders were quite explicit.
| increasingly | fairly, relatively | sufficiently | sexually
The government has been quite explicit about its intentions.
| as to
She told him he needed to be more creative, without being explicit as to what this meant in practice.
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