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

Definition of implication

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

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Other Words from implication

implicative \ ˈim-​plə-​ˌkā-​tiv How to pronounce implicative (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 Governor Charlie Baker and the House leadership back the tax fix, while Senate leaders want to study the implications first., "He told Beacon Hill leaders," 7 Dec. 2019 White House officials reject any implication that the policies are motivated by intolerance. New York Times, "Trump’s Rollback of Transgender Rights Extends Through Entire Government," 6 Dec. 2019 Patient safety is of foremost importance to us, and any implication that Gilead delayed the development of a drug known to be safer than [the older drug] is false,’’ said Gilead spokesman Ryan McKeel. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, "Gilead delayed safer HIV drug to extend monopoly profits, advocates allege," 5 Dec. 2019 Alexei Koseff reports on the legal options going forward and why San Mateo says the ruling’s implications are being overstated. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: How California could lose a stick on building housing," 4 Dec. 2019 Decisions to be made The draft Alabama last played in a bowl game without national title implications in the 2013 season. Michael Casagrande |, al, "What comes next for Alabama as big decisions loom in strange December," 2 Dec. 2019 Another pair of long shot cases are being closely watched because of the obvious financial implications. Jim Mustian, The Denver Post, "New sex abuse lawsuits could cost Catholic Church over $4B," 2 Dec. 2019 These moves have proven a coaching hire can make or break a football program, which is why so many athletics directors these days are quick to make a change at the top despite the financial implications. Matt Murschel,, "FSU moves forward without a clear direction at coach but the next decision could make-or-break the program," 1 Dec. 2019 Pete Prisco of CBS Sports: Titans 19-16 This is an enormous game in terms of playoff implications. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "NFL Week 13 predictions: Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans try to stay alive in AFC playoff race," 28 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of implication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for implication

see implicate

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11 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Implication.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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