explicit etymology

English word explicit comes from Latin evanescere, Latin plicare, Latin plico, and later French expliquer (To explain.)

Detailed word origin of explicit

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
evanescere Latin (lat)
plicare Latin (lat)
plico Latin (lat) (transitive) I arrive (this meaning comes from sailors, for whom the folding of a ship’s sails meant arrival on land). (transitive) I fold, bend or flex; I roll up.
explico Latin (lat) (of speech) I develop, set forth, exhibit. I deploy, extend, display. I disentangle, solve, settle, arrange, regulate, adjust. I explain. I unfold, unfurl, uncoil, loosen, undo.
expliquer French (fra) To explain.
explicitus Latin (lat)
explicite French (fra) Explicit, unequivocal, overt.
explicit English (eng) (euphemism) Containing material (e.g. language or film footage) that might be deemed offensive or graphic.. Very specific, clear, or detailed. (obsolete) Used at the conclusion of a book to indicate the end.

Words with the same origin as explicit

Descendants of plicare
accomplice complicate deploy display employ employee employer employment exploit imply ploy replicate supply
Descendants of plico
application apply complication duplicate multiply replica reply simple simplicity single singular