Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Explicit vs Implicit

It’s Grammar Day!  Thanks to the blog, The Grammarist, I was reminded of a common misconception this morning. While that post was great, (I linked it above) I just wanted to make things a little more simple.

Explicit and Implicit

These two words are antonyms, that is, they are opposites.  It is very common for people to confuse the two or even to use them interchangeably. 

So how do we keep them straight?

Explicit (think of EXPLAIN) Stated clearly and in detail, leaving no room for confusion or doubt.  Described or shown in realistic detail, or having sexual acts or nudity clearly depicted. 
       These things or ideas are clearly EXPLAINED to you, so               EXPLICIT. 

Implicit (think IMPLIED) Implied, rather than expressly stated. Potentially contained (usually followed by in). Unquestioning or unreserved; absolute.

          These all state ideas that have IMPLIED meanings, so IMPLICIT.

Make sense? 

If you get confused, you can always contact me for clarification, or for copyediting services!

*All definitions come from

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