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Clear; definite; explicit; plain; direct; unmistakable; not dubious or ambiguous. Declared in terms; set forth in words. Directly and distinctly stated. Made known distinctly and explicitly, and not left to inference. Manifested by direct and appropriate language, as distinguished from that which is inferred from conduct. The word is usually contrasted with implied.

That which is express is laid out in words, such as an express Warranty, which is an oral or written affirmation from a seller to a buyer of goods that certain standards will be met. Such a warranty may include the promise that any defect which occurs during a certain specified time period will be remedied at the seller's expense. This is distinguishable from an Implied Warranty, which is neither written nor based on any specific oral statement from seller to buyer but is implied through the sale itself. A common example is the implied warranty of merchantability, which implies that an item is fit for the usual purposes for which it was purchased.

Express authority is plainly or distinctly delegated power to an agent by a principal. For example, the owner of a store may expressly give employees the authority to accept deliveries in the owner's name.

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adj. direct, unambiguous, distinct language, particularly in a contract, which does not require thought, guessing, inference or implication to determine the meaning.

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EXPRESS. That which is made known, and not left to implication. The opposite of implied. It is a rule, that when a matter or thing is expressed, it ceases to be implied by law: expressum facit cessare tacitum. Co. Litt. 183; 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 97.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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--Hexagon: largest prime number expressible in two thousand digits
For an obligatory participant which is expressible it is not relevant whether it is expressed idiomatically or not.
The Norm calls us to be faithful to the "internal truth of the inspired text." This seems to mean the higher, divine truth, not fully expressible or accessible in mere earthly language, and likely to be present in many a bible passage, precisely because its principal author is God and not man.
The syntax is remarkably powerful--queries expressible in this syntax may have nonelementary complexity--and yet are easy (=PTime) to check.
Thus, in the context of Tory repression at the end of and just after the Napoleonic War, she provides a way of hinting at a range of political resentments not directly expressible, especially in Anglo-Irish and Scottish novels.
In his chapter on 'The Origin of the Sonnet', Heninger argues that the relationship between octave and sestet, because expressible as the mathematical ratio 4 : 3, was designed to encode a message about the benignity of Providence (four, the number of the earth, yielding place to three, the number of divinity).
Here, as in all the dances, Nicholas Cavallaro's sensitive lighting added a dimension not expressible in words.
This is perhaps a too obvious point, but the mass media determines the parameters of public debate, what Noam Chomsky calls "the bounds of the expressible." Currently those boundaries have been narrowed and shifted to the right to such an extreme and absurd degree that we get, of all people, Andrew Coyne and David Frum, debating, of all things, gay marriage, in Saturday Night magazine.
Thus the question of comparing a work of Plato's to something by Aristotle or Aquinas or Marx is not a matter of measurement in any literal sense but rather a matter of judgment of intellectual worth; whereas the comparison of one text to another is indeed expressible in quantitative terms - e.g., a certain sentence appears on page sixty-five; this edition is in a red cloth binding or appears on certain size magnetic tape; the text has so many pages; the text block is so many centimeters long, occupies so much disk space, etc.
But in so doing, we should not forget that Ruskin had more than a debating point: the phenomenal essence of architecture is still in many ways very ancient and only expressible in the roughness of brick, the smell of wood, the smoothness of polished concrete, the view of the skyline from a window, the comfort of enclosure.
Some measures, like those mentioned, give a reassuring air of objectivity by being expressible in quantitative terms.