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I am looking for the noun form of explicit. The word explicitness seems to me to imply many "levels" of explicitness, but I want to know if is there a noun form of explicit whose value can be either "explicit" or "not explicit".

An example of how one might use this word:

It may be difficult to interpret the __________ (explicitness) of this song because it is in a foreign language.

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Can you provide an example of how the noun form might be used? –  Canis Lupus Mar 24 at 2:57
    
Done. Any help now? –  mathguy54 Mar 24 at 3:27
    
"I know it when I see it." - Potter Steward –  Elliott Frisch Mar 24 at 12:41

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Salacity: the state of being salacious, where salacious means obscene; grossly indecent. (alternative to salaciousness)

Or simply vulgarity: the state or quality of being vulgar; where vulgar is indecent; obscene; lewd; crude; coarse; unrefined; current; popular; common.

The simplest may be crudity: the state or quality of being crude; where crude means undisguised or blunt;

Of less common use:

Lubricity: lewdness; lustfulness: lasciviousness; salaciousness; something that arouses lasciviousness, especially pornography.

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"Duplicity" is infrequently used in the sense of "having two states" (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/duplicity). Perhaps that is what you want?

It does not necessarily imply that said two states are "explicit" and "not explicit" though.

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I am actually talking about explicit in the context of swearing. –  mathguy54 Mar 24 at 3:25
    
As the level of graphic detail in said words can be offensive in variable amounts (what is explicit for a four-year old might not be so for an 18-year old), I'm not sure there is a binary descriptor for it. I'd like to learn if there is, though. For what it's worth, 'explicitness' itself seems to be pretty usable in the form of a variable descriptor of graphic language as you mentioned (e.g. collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/explicitness) –  mandarg Mar 24 at 3:33

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