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Explicit or Implicit?

Judy Vorfeld

EXPLICIT Something delib­er­ately spelled out (con­tract, doc­u­ment etc.). Something fully and clearly expressed (could be writ­ten or spo­ken). Explicit crit­i­cism means being very hon­est or candid.

IMPLICIT means some­thing not spe­cific, but either suggested/necessary to meet goal. American Heritage Dictionary says it can mean “under­stood though not directly expressed.”


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