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explicit

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Happiness lies neither in vice nor in virtue; but in the manner we appreciate the one and the other, and the choice we make pursuant to our individual organization.
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Etymology

First attested 1609, from French explicite, from Latin explicitus, past participle of explicāre "to unfold," from ex-, "out" + plicare, "to fold." Pornographic sense is from 1971.

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explicit (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

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explicit

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  1. very specific, clear, or detailed
    I gave explicit instructions for him to stay here, but he followed me, anyway.
  2. 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.

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