It's always vital to make the correct word choice in an academic paper. In today's blog post, then, we're going to explain the difference\u00a0between two regularly-confused words: "explicit" and "implicit."\n\nBoth of these terms describe the way in an idea is expressed, yet they are also opposites of one another. As such, it is very important to use them correctly! Read on below to find out how to avoid errors with these terms.\nExplicit (Fully and Clearly Expressed)\nExplicit means "clear and unambiguous." For example, if someone has clearly and fully explained their position, you could say that:\nJones' views in this paper are explicit.\nThis means that Jones' views are clearly stated. Don't get confused with the other use of "explicit," which indicates material of an adult nature!\nImplicit (Implied or Expressed Indirectly)\nImplicit means "indirectly expressed." For example, if you read another paper by Jones and decided that some of her views were only implied rather than clearly stated, you could say:\nJones' current ideas were implicit in her earlier work, but not yet fully developed.\nSometimes, implicit can also mean "unquestioned" or "unreserved":\nMy implicit trust in the news media means I am often misled by Rupert Murdoch.\nIn both of these cases, the idea is that something remains unstated.\nImplicit or Explicit?\nThe correct term to use in any given situation will depend on the context. If you are describing something that is clear and unambiguous, the word to use will be "explicit."\n\nOn the other hand, if you're describing something that is merely implied, rather than clearly and fully expressed, the correct term will be "implicit."\n\nRemember:\nGet Your Paper Professionally Proofread\nIf you are interested in having your paper proofread professionally, why not submit a 500-word sample to be proofread for free today?