Definition of implication in English:


Line breaks: im¦pli|ca¦tion
Pronunciation: /ɪmplɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n


1The conclusion that can be drawn from something although it is not explicitly stated: the implication is that no one person at the bank is responsible
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  • Any implication that I am engaged in diversionary activity will be hotly denied.
  • I don't disagree that economists said this, but his implication is that they were wrong.
  • Most people would instinctively say no, and his implication in his article is that this crazy.
suggestion, inference, insinuation, innuendo, hint, intimation, imputation, indication;
connotation, overtone, undertone, hidden meaning, secondary meaning
1.1A likely consequence of something: many people are unaware of the implications of such reforms her victory had important political implications
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  • Forget for a moment the political or even economic implications of the shifts in population.
  • Are you interested in the political implications of weblogs and social software?
  • Finally, we discuss the practical implications of our findings for Cerulean Warbler conservation.
2 [mass noun] The action or state of being involved in something: our implication in the problems
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  • What's underlying this essay, instead, is Chuck's own implication in the whole scheme.


late Middle English (in the sense 'entwining, being entwined'): from Latin implicatio(n-), from the verb implicare (see implicate).


by implication

By what is implied rather than by explicit expression: he criticized her and, by implication, her country
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  • No other license is granted to the buyer whether expressly, by implication, by estoppel or otherwise.



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  • This is contrasted with claims that structural complexity asymmetries alone can explain implicational universals.
  • Ever since Greenberg's seminal paper on word-order universals, the implicational universal has been a major tool for expressing generalisations within the framework of typology.
  • But there are two subsystems that are dedicated to making sense of the whole thing, which they call the propositional and the implicational subsystems.

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