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Whats the difference between explicit and implicit information?

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Stanley Simonis


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Explicit information is information that is clearly stated so that there is no room for confusion or questions. It is very clear and without vagueness or ambiguity. Implicit information may be implied or suggested, but not clearly stated.

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Explicit is the clear meaning of the word or phrase. Implicit is what is implied. For example if you say, ‘It’s cold in here.’ You are explicitly saying that the temperature is cold and that it has affected you. You feel cold. The implied meaning might be that you are subtlety asking for someone to close the window.

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To understand the differences between explicit and implicit information.


Explicit – clearly stated so there is no room for confusion or questions.

Implicit – implied or suggested, but not clearly stated.

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Hollie Gilligan

Hi Stanley! The difference between explicit and implicit information is the delivery of the information. Explicit information is information that is directly stated to the audience or reader, such as "Miles does not like dogs." Implicit information is information which is suggested, but never directly stated. Implicit information is implied to the reader, for example, "Miles moved away from the dog. He had never had a pet dog." It is suggested that Miles does not like dogs because he moves away from the dog, but it is never directly stated.

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Ella Doughty

When talking about writing, explicit information is clearly stated, leaving nothing implied. For example, the phrase “it was a dark and stormy night,” uses explicit information that leaves no room for debate. The reader cannot assume, by any stretch of the imagination, that the story is in fact taking place on a sunny morning.

On the other hand If something is implicit, it is not directly stated. The reader must understand implicit information and facts based on other clues in the text. Thinking back to our “dark and stormy night” example. What if the sentence ran like this: “The trees were swaying wildly outside Anne’s window as she prepared for bed, and the gutters were overflowing.” Even though it’s not stated directly, the reference to Anne preparing for bed leads us to believe it’s nighttime, and the swaying trees and overflowing gutters are additional implicit clues that it is stormy.

The important thing to remember when using implicit information is that the reader will be forced to guess your meaning from clues in the text, we call this inference. Try to make your clues clear, then, so as to avoid any confusion. 

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Explicit is something that is evidenced in the text. For example in the sentence "The girl's lip quivered as she dropped her burger". We explicitly know the girl dropped her burger. The implicit information would be that she is sad, this is implied through her lip quivering as if she is about the cry.

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Cia Chhabra

Explicit and implicit are adjectives with opposite meanings. If something is explicit, it’s clearly understood. If something is suggested or not clearly defined, it’s implicit. Explicit information is information that is stated and obvious, whereas implicit information is not obviously stated. It is up to the reader, most of the time, to figure out the implicit meaning of a piece of text. For example, in the sentence "The girl wore a red dress," the explicit information is what it is you exactly read: the fact that a girl is wearing a red dress. Yet, the implicit information here is whatever you can interpret from a girl wearing a red dress. A reader can ask questions about the explicit information here, such as: why is the color red? Why a dress, in particular? This would lead them to figure out the implicit meaning. For example, the color red is rich and sensual, so it may symbolize danger or passion, possibly meaning the girl illuminates femme fatale energy. This would be the implicit meaning of 'The girl wore a red dress'!.



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Soheila Mehrali Dehnavi

Explicit information is stated clearly and without any ambiguity but implicit information is the meanings you suggest and understand from the text.

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Explicit information is something which the reader is directly told that requires them to not add additional thought to. In the advert below we are told the following information explicitly: "stronger than natural remediates 30X stronger." Implicitly is when a writer or speaker leads you to conclude certain thoughts and perceptions about what they are writing or saying. In the example below, it is implied that 1) This shampoo is better than others because it is "stronger" 2) Pantene is a trusted brand as they have carried out research 3) The woman's hair in the advert looks great because she uses this shampoo.

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Victoria Lane

Explicit information is information that is obvious, that is right there on the page in front of you. For example, the explicit information in the phrase "pink and intimate" (An Inspector Calls) is that the lighting is pink. Implicit essentially means "reading between the lines", the information you have to dig a little deeper to find. Using the same example, the implicit information here is that there is a party atmosphere and that the setting is relaxed and light-hearted. This is implicit because it is not stated in the text, it is inferred by readers or audiences.

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Luca R

With explicit information, the information being given to you is clear, direct, plain and simple. Explicit information tends to be easier to identify and understand than implicit information. With implicit information, you've got to 'read between the lines', as the information being given to you is hidden within the text and will be suggested to you through a writer's word choices, vocabulary, punctuation or even sentence structures.

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Elysia Stent

Explicit information is that which the authors is trying to show us obviously, while implicit information is that which is shown to us by “implication”, meaning it takes extra thought or deduction to figure it out. For example, in the sentence “the house’s window was wet on the outside”, the explicit information is that the window is wet, the implicit information that we can assume is that it is raining. Implicit information tends to be more unreliable, but can be very useful in creating a debate for your essays!

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athena atherton

Explicit information is information that obviously details what it wants to get across ie. in two hours the sun will go down. This information is clearly stated without any hidden meanings. Implicit information is the opposite. Implicit information conveys an idea rather than stating outright what is happening. In fiction, it is often used for character description so the reader gains an impression of the character without the author explicitly telling them.

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When the idea is obvious and clear by the words you use - that's "explicit" information that leave no room for doubt or debate. Whenever the meaning or idea of a sentence is not obvious, yet is hinted at - that's "implicit" information - and can be understood by reading 'between the lines.'

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Lydia Pazzi-Axworthy

Implicit information is where the meaning of the text is suggested but is not stated directly. ‘Implicit’ comes from the word ‘implied’, so it is information that implies further meaning.


Explicit information is the opposite and is directly expressed so that the reader does not need to draw anything further from the text.

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