im·​pli·​ca·​tion | \ ˌim-plə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce implication (audio) \

Definition of implication

1 : something implied: such as
a : a possible significance the book has political implications
2a : close connection especially : an incriminating involvement
b : the act of implicating : the state of being implicated
3a : 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
(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

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Other Words from implication

implicative \ ˈim-​plə-​ˌkā-​tiv How to pronounce implication (audio) , im-​ˈpli-​kə-​ \ adjective
implicatively adverb
implicativeness noun

Examples of implication in a Sentence

… 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 … 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 … 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 I'm offended by his implication that women can't be good at mathematics. He condemned the court and, by implication, the entire legal system. He was shocked by the implication of his partner in the theft.
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Recent Examples on the Web But the implication that guard troops were made to stay in a parking garage is false. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Fact check: More money spent on housing National Guard in DC than shelter for migrants," 13 Apr. 2021 The clear implication is that the more AVs are marketed as safe, the more betrayed people may feel when the cars occasionally—and inevitably—fail to achieve that goal. Iyad Rahwan, WSJ, "Self-Driving Cars Could Save Many Lives. But Mental Roadblocks Stand in the Way.," 6 Apr. 2021 The implication behind this vague characterization is that Toledo or his companion either pointed a gun or fired at police, resulting in return fire that struck Toledo in the chest, killing him. Eric Zorn,, "Column: Let’s wait before turning slain 13-year-old Adam Toledo into a martyr," 6 Apr. 2021 But the implication was clear: that a certain cohort of reporters and editors didn’t believe there was any bias. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Change Tabloid Culture?," 2 Apr. 2021 Another implication, Bondo adds, will be a growing convergence between mobile wallets and cards, as more card payment platforms seek to onboard mobile wallets. Jackie Bischof, Quartz, "Why Mastercard just made a $100 million bet on Africa’s mobile money market," 2 Apr. 2021 Is the implication here that Godzilla is the father? James Grebey, Vulture, "Every Single (Kaiju-Size) Easter Egg in Godzilla vs. Kong," 31 Mar. 2021 So Far, never returning to it, but letting its implication toll. Harper's BAZAAR, "How Jane Fonda Became the Most Radical Woman in Hollywood. Again.," 25 Mar. 2021 And although there was no explicit threat about what might happen if they’re ignored, those counting the money undoubtedly recognized the implication. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "NCAA drama guaranteed, but games aren't," 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of implication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

History and Etymology for implication

see implicate

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“Implication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


im·​pli·​ca·​tion | \ ˌim-plə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce implication (audio) \

Kids Definition of implication

1 : the fact or state of being involved in or connected to something
2 : a possible future effect or result Consider the implications of your actions.
3 : something that is suggested Your implication is unfair.


im·​pli·​ca·​tion | \ ˌim-plə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce implication (audio) \

Legal Definition of implication

1 : the act of implicating : the state of being implicated
2 : the act of implying : the state of being implied
3 : something implied

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