Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of implicating or the condition of being implicated.
  • n. The act of implying or the condition of being implied.
  • n. Something that is implied, especially:
  • n. An indirect indication; a suggestion.
  • n. An implied meaning; implicit significance.
  • n. An inference. See Usage Note at infer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of implicating.
  • n. The state of being implicated.
  • n. An implying, or that which is implied, but not expressed; an inference, or something which may fairly be understood, though not expressed in words.
  • n. (countable) The connective in propositional calculus that, when joining two predicates A and B in that order, has the meaning "if A is true, then B is true".

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of implicating, or the state of being implicated.
  • n. An implying, or that which is implied, but not expressed; an inference, or something which may fairly be understood, though not expressed in words.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of implicating, or the state of being implicated; involution; entanglement.
  • n. That which is implied but not expressed; an inference that may be drawn from what is said or observed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a relation implicated by virtue of involvement or close connection (especially an incriminating involvement)
  • n. an accusation that brings into intimate and usually incriminating connection
  • n. a logical relation between propositions p and q of the form `if p then q'; if p is true then q cannot be false
  • n. something that is inferred (deduced or entailed or implied)
  • n. a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred

Etymologies

From Latin implicationem (accusative of implicatio). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The main implication is that the dripping water puts out the pilot from time to time, so unless you're constantly checking, you never know when your shower will be hot or cold.

    Consumer protection in Oaxaca, Mexico: A case study

  • The plain implication is that the Bush administration is stashing Bin Laden somewhere, or somehow keeping his arrest in reserve, for an “October surprise.”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » 2004 » September

  • DID NOT make me the color that I am. the implication is the enemy is white folks ... and in the last example, the enemy is??

    Obama picks up superdelegate

  • ** UPDATE** James Danziger "objects" on his blog to what he calls the implication that defining yourself as an 'artist' as opposed to a 'photographer' makes you more important and gives you a special privilege.

    Jonathan Melber: The AP Has No Case Against Shepard Fairey

  • Granted, you write it much nicer than Lowell does, but the implication is there just the same.

    Waldo Jaquith - Sen. Allen’s “real” Virginia.

  • The juxtaposition of this telling color with the anti-golf slur can manages to convey both despair at the loss of human life as well as a fierce contempt for those who would use this procedure as a remedy for the products of recreational sex -- though really, the implication is almost undermined by the almost-too-obvious analogy with golf's "have fun getting the ball in the hole" objective.

    March 11th, 2005

  • The implication is that the greater expense associated with compromises is undesirable, and it would be better to select one of the two suggestions, rather than incur the additional expense of trying to make both parties happy.

    Juhani’s Law : Law is Cool

  • Second, the argument that because the government can do some things, it can do "anything" - and the implication is that "anything" includes all kinds of bad stuff - may be true in theory, but that's exactly why our Founding Fathers put a system of "checks and balances" in place, including a court system to decide on the constitutionality of laws passed by Congress and signed by the President.

    Video: Complete Cooch Incoherence at Tea Party Convention

  • Study co-author David McKenzie argues that another implication is that India should allow more multinationals to set up shop to serve as training grounds for managers.

    In defense of middle management

  • When Aretha Franklin sings opera arias, the implication is that she's so good she can even do this.

    'Classical crossover': A label not necessarily to be feared

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