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a. Fully and clearly expressed; leaving nothing implied: explicit approval.
b. Fully developed or formulated: has an explicit idea of what to say in the paper.
2. Forthright and unreserved in expression: They were explicit in their criticism.
a. Readily observable: an explicit sign of trouble.
b. Describing or portraying nudity or sexual activity in graphic detail.

[Latin explicitus, past participle of explicāre, to unfold; see explicate.]

ex·plic′it·ly adv.
ex·plic′it·ness n.
Synonyms: explicit, definite, express, specific
These adjectives mean entirely clear and unambiguous: explicit statements; a definite answer; my express wishes; a specific purpose.
Antonym: ambiguous
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Noun1.explicitness - clarity as a consequence of being explicit
clarity, clearness, limpidity, lucidity, lucidness, pellucidity - free from obscurity and easy to understand; the comprehensibility of clear expression
inexplicitness - unclearness by virtue of not being explicit
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[ɪkˈsplɪsɪtnɪs] N [of instructions, reference] → carácter m explícito, lo explícito; [of description, picture] → lo gráfico; [of statement] → lo categórico
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(ikˈsplisit) adjective
stated, or stating, fully and clearly. explicit instructions; Can you be more explicit?
exˈplicitly adverb
exˈplicitness noun
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References in classic literature ?
The explicitness of an engagement wears off this finest edge of susceptibility; it is jasmine gathered and presented in a large bouquet.
Yet he trusted them after a fashion, because he had learned from many and devious dealings with a large assortment of people that the average human being is honest, which is to say that he does not steal his neighbor's stock nor fail to pay his just debts if given plenty of time and the conditions have the explicitness of black and white.
"Look 'ere I" he said at last, with an air of great explicitness, "I GOT the secret."
She 'gracefully' offers help based on the explicitness of her intention.
Interestingly, country of origin and year of publication yielded many more significant relationships to chataracter race, character role, and explicitness of sexuality than race or sexuality alone did.
"Alongside inappropriate humor, violence exquisite in its explicitness, a natural gift for character building comparable to Stephen King's and a taste for the tasteless, brutal body counts are among Abercrombie's trademark touches....
Finally the image explicitness probability is estimated to determine whether the image contains explicit content or not.
I like the avid explicitness of this individually articulated, uplifting write.
She views systems as puzzles to be solved and brings clarity and explicitness to printing environment problems.
The explicitness of students' reasoning has been shown to enhance conceptual knowledge acquisition and improve collaboration practices (Papadopoulos, Demetriadis, & Weinberger, 2013).
Keywords: translation, explicitation, implicitation, explicitness, explicit, implicit
Whether this explicitness is necessary is a matter open to debate.