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noun im·pli·ca·tion \ˌim-plə-ˈkā-shən\

Simple Definition of implication

  • : a possible future effect or result

  • : something that is suggested without being said directly : something that is implied

  • : the fact or state of being involved in or connected to something (such as a crime) : the fact or state of being implicated in something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of implication

  1. 1 a :  the act of implicating (see implicate):  the state of being implicated b :  close connection; especially :  an incriminating involvement

  2. 2 a :  the act of implying :  the state of being implied b (1) :  a logical relation between two propositions that fails to hold only if the first is true and the second is false — see truth table table (2) :  a logical relationship between two propositions in which if the first is true the second is true (3) :  a statement exhibiting a relation of implication

  3. 3 :  something implied: as a :  suggestion b :  a possible significance <the book has political implications>


play \ˈim-plə-ˌkā-tiv, im-ˈpli-kə-\ adjective





Examples of implication in a sentence

  1. … but whereas Updike and Roth work to establish connection and coherence in the face of time's chaos, DeLillo is an artist of diffusion and dispersal, of implication and missing information. —A. O. Scott, New York Times Book Review, 21 May 2006

  2. … the power of ideas to transform the world is itself accelerating. Although people readily agree with this observation when simply stated, very few people truly appreciate its profound implications. —Ray Kurzweil, Curious Minds, (2004) 2005

  3. … the astronomer Edwin Hubble found that the universe is expanding, and by implication must have originated a finite time ago in an explosion popularly called the big bang. —Paul Davies, The New Physics, 1989

  4. I'm offended by his implication that women can't be good at mathematics.

  5. He condemned the court and, by implication, the entire legal system.

  6. He was shocked by the implication of his partner in the theft.

Origin and Etymology of implication

(see implicate)

First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with implication

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vindication, violation, visitation, weather station

IMPLICATION Defined for Kids


noun im·pli·ca·tion \ˌim-plə-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of implication for Students

  1. 1 :  the fact or state of being involved in or connected to something

  2. 2 :  a possible future effect or result <Consider the implications of your actions.>

  3. 3 :  something that is suggested <Your implication is unfair.>

Law Dictionary


noun im·pli·ca·tion \ˌim-plə-ˈkā-shən\

Legal Definition of implication

  1. 1 :  the act of implicating :  the state of being implicated

  2. 2 :  the act of implying :  the state of being implied

  3. 3 :  something implied

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