Definition of implicit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈplɪsɪt/


1Suggested though not directly expressed: comments seen as implicit criticism of the policies
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  • Resource limitation is an implicit assumption of any competition hypothesis and should be tested.
  • He conceded that such an inference would be only implicit.
  • They may also be curtailed, with the explanation left implicit.
implied, indirect, inferred, understood, hinted, suggested, deducible;
unspoken, unexpressed, undeclared, unstated, unsaid, tacit, unacknowledged, silent, taken for granted, taken as read, assumed
inherent, latent, underlying, inbuilt, incorporated;
2 (implicit in) Always to be found in; essentially connected with: the values implicit in the school ethos
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  • In any case, whether or not our present lethal lack of cohesion can be attributed to the rise of multiculturalism, the moral relativism implicit in that view always made it a dubious position to hold.
  • This would also provide tremendous fodder for analysis of the social networks implicit in links.
  • This view is so fundamentally flawed yet so implicit in the Australian mentality that it seems almost impossible to efface or even moderate.
3With no qualification or question; absolute: an implicit faith in God
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  • I have further narrowed the field of important questions by following some implicit principles.
  • The patient has read a bit, is very anxious, and reaches the doctor most often imagining the worst and with implicit faith in this ‘worker of miracles’.
  • He has implicit faith in his advice so in spite of many people's doubts and reservations, it is now as successful and professional a partnership as there is on tour.
absolute, complete, entire, total, wholehearted, perfect, sheer, utter;
unqualified, unconditional, unreserved, unadulterated, unalloyed, undiluted, positive;
unshaken, unshakeable, unhesitating, unquestioning, firm, steadfast, constant
4 Mathematics (Of a function) not expressed directly in terms of independent variables.
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  • This paper contains his famous deep implicit function theorem.
  • Actually, since the domain of a function is usually implicit from context, putting the * in front of an extended function is slightly redundant and thus usually omitted.
  • In figure 2b, the implicit function is plotted for different values of q.



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  • Whereas many researchers have discussed phenomena that relate to implicitness in texts, nobody has before to my knowledge made implicitness itself the main object of study.
  • Various forms of implicitness are shown to contribute to different levels of text coherence as identified by different foci of relevance.
  • Formal systems may range from a football team to the Cosmos; but in primal, natural systems, the idea of an embedded implicitness ultimately suggests a ‘Within’ in the heart of things.


Late 16th century: from French implicite or Latin implicitus, later form of implicatus 'entwined', past participle of implicare (see imply).

Words that rhyme with implicit

complicit, elicit, explicit, illicit, licit, solicit

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