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Explicit and Implicit

Commonly Confused Words


Explicit and Implicit

Explicit means clearly expressed or readily observable. Implicit means implied or expressed indirectly.

See also: Imply and Infer


  • "Go home now!" was Dr. Legree's explicit command.

  • You must listen carefully and critically to understand Snoop's implicit message.


(a) Several critics discerned an _____ political statement in the bishop's remarks.

(b) Cigarette packs carry _____ health warnings.

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