Definitions

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

  • adj. Implied or understood though not directly expressed: an implicit agreement not to raise the touchy subject.
  • adj. Contained in the nature of something though not readily apparent: "Frustration is implicit in any attempt to express the deepest self” ( Patricia Hampl).
  • adj. Having no doubts or reservations; unquestioning: implicit trust.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Implied indirectly, without being directly expressed
  • adj. Contained in the essential nature of something but not openly shown
  • adj. Having no reservations or doubts; unquestioning or unconditional; usually said of faith or trust.
  • adj. entangled, twisted together.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Infolded; entangled; complicated; involved.
  • adj. Tacitly comprised; fairly to be understood, though not expressed in words; implied.
  • adj. Resting on another; trusting in the word or authority of another, without doubt or reserve; unquestioning; complete

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Infolded; entangled.
  • Complicated; involved; puzzling.
  • Implied; resting on implication or inference; that may or should be understood, though not directly expressed; tacitly included.
  • Involved in or resulting from perfect confidence in or deference to some authority or witness; hence, submissive; unquestioning; blind: as, implicit faith; implicit assent; implicit obedience.
  • Submissively yielding; unquestioningly obedient; trusting confidently or blindly.

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

  • adj. being without doubt or reserve
  • adj. implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something

Etymologies

Latin implicitus, variant of implicātus, past participle of implicāre, to entangle; see implicate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French or from Latin implicitus, past participle of implico ("to infold, involve, entangle"); see implicate. (Wiktionary)

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  • Eclispe by Stephenie Meyer Page 55
    -"Charlie flinched at the threat implicit in my question."

    November 1, 2010