explicitly

When you explain something explicitly, you do it in great detail, leaving no room for misunderstanding. You could intimidate your little brother by explicitly describing what you'll do if he reads your diary.

Something that's said or done explicitly is clear and direct, like an explicitly told story about terrible poverty in India — it leaves out no disturbing details, even if it upsets the listener. Explicitly can also refer to sexual situations or details, like a movie whose sex scenes are shown explicitly, or graphically. The Latin root is explicare, "unfold, unravel, explain."

Definitions of explicitly
  1. adverb
    in an explicit manner
    “in his foreword Professor Clark puts it explicitly
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    Antonyms:
    implicitly
    without ever expressing so clearly
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