implication

noun
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

Below, a quick primer on ETIAS and all of its implications. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "You're Likely Going to Need an ETIAS to Visit Europe," 15 Mar. 2019 Despite the implication behind its somewhat complicated name, a super snow moon is actually just one lunar event. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "A Super Snow Moon Is Coming Next Week," 16 Feb. 2019 However, perhaps to downplay the romantic implications, Kylie pointed out that the initials could also stand for Jordyn Woods, her best friend. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Might've Just Called Travis Scott Her Husband on Instagram," 23 Jan. 2019 Again, though, the implication was the chipmakers held back the PC market—and Windows. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Surface sales soar to nearly $2 billion, though chip shortages are hurting," 31 Jan. 2019 The implication is simple: Voting for Dukakis would create a world that would put innocent citizens in danger. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "How Campaign Ads Use Fear to Force Voters to React," 26 Oct. 2018 The implication here is that Spotify, YouTube and Facebook on the very same day banned somebody off of their platforms. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani on McGahn's testimony, origins of Russia probe," 19 Aug. 2018 But regardless, the passage of the farm bill has big implications for the burgeoning CBD industry. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Hemp is now legal. That’s huge for the CBD industry.," 20 Dec. 2018 This has important implications for privacy and human rights and may ultimately undermine conservation goals. Rogelio Luque-lora, Bill Adams, Ars Technica, "Camera traps designed for animals are now invading human privacy," 24 Nov. 2018

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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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implication

noun

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

implication

noun
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.

implication

noun
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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