Misused Words

Complicit, Explicit and Implicit

Complicit, an adjective, means to be involved in something illegal.

The neighbors were complicit in their attempt to conceal the burglar from the police.

Explicit, an adjective, means clear.

His remarks about euthanasia were quite explicit.

Implicit, an adjective, means not stated but understood.

The neighbors had an implicit agreement that they would share any lottery winnings.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the three practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) Unfortunately, their (complicit, explicit, implicit) agreement did not survive the court challenge.

(2) The woman did not realize that she would be (complicit, explicit, implicit) when she gave false testimony to the police officer.

(3) The CEO was (complicit, explicit, implicit) in his memo about the need to economize.

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