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implicit adj
1 implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something; "an implicit agreement not to raise the subject"; "there was implicit criticism in his voice"; "anger was implicit in the argument"; "the oak is implicit in the acorn" [syn: inexplicit] [ant: explicit]
2 being without doubt or reserve; "implicit trust" [syn: unquestioning]

User Contributed Dictionary



From or from implicitus, past participle of implicō


  • /ɪmˈplɪsɪt/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪsɪt


  1. Implied indirectly, without being directly expressed
    • 1983, Ronald Reagan, Proclamation 5018
      The Bible and its teachings helped form the basis for the Founding Fathers' abiding belief in the inalienable rights of the individual, rights which they found 'implicit in the Bible's teachings of the inherent worth and dignity of each individual.
  2. Contained in the essential nature of something but not openly shown
  3. Having no reservations or doubts; unquestioning or unconditional; usually said of faith or trust.
  4. entangled, twisted together.



implied indirectly
contained in the essential nature
  • Croatian: inherentan
  • French: inhérent
  • German: implizit
  • Russian: свойственный, присущий
unquestioning or unconditional
  • Finnish: ehdoton
  • French: absolu, aveugle
  • Japanese: 絶対の(ぜったいの, zettaino)
  • Russian: безусловный, полный, безоговорочный

Extensive Definition

Implication can refer to:
Also, in linguistics, there are different specialized related notions:
  • Implicit can mean to imply indirectly, that is to not state it directly.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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