implication

noun
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 The implication is that the civil-rights movement continues today, literally, and that voting for Democrats is the most urgent way Americans are called to participate. Mene Ukueberuwa, WSJ, "Georgia Voters Prepare to Decide the Senate," 31 Dec. 2020 The implication is that even decision-makers who are ethically engaged can make biased recommendations. Sunita Sah, Scientific American, "Conflicts of Interest and COVID," 3 Dec. 2020 The implication is that their very creditable hard work and achievement in one field ought to confer extra weight to their views in other fields. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, "Column: It’s not just about Jill Biden — even physicians should drop the ‘doctor’ outside of professional contexts," 14 Dec. 2020 The implication is that their masks are actually their human selves and the way people see them is their disguise—not unlike my makeup’s effect. Tyler Joe, Marie Claire, "Party Like It’s 2020," 7 Dec. 2020 When the ratio is high, the implication is that investors are confident about the profits outlook. The Economist, "Daily chart Expensive stocks do not necessarily mean a crash is close," 4 Dec. 2020 The implication is that a bigger destroyer ran off a sub-chaser. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Says It Kicked a U.S. Navy Destroyer Out of Its Waters. The Navy Disagrees.," 25 Nov. 2020 The implication, of course, is that gun carriers are constantly preoccupied with fear of lethal threat from a social other. Alex Yablon, The New Republic, "Why Police Back Gun Guys," 20 Nov. 2020 The implication of such videos is that corniness is no sin when democracy is at stake. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Eternal Quest to Make Voting Cool," 20 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of implication was in the 15th century

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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Implication.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/implication. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for implication

implication

noun
How to pronounce implication (audio)

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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