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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And the implication, between this and 2K’s subsidiary Private Division, is that other 2K/Take Two games will follow, which opens the door to an eventual Red Dead Redemption 2 PC release being Epic exclusive as well. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Borderlands 3 is an Epic exclusive, Obsidian shows off The Outer Worlds," 5 Apr. 2019 So maybe there's hope that women can overcome that icky, unspoken implication that standing tall and claiming ownership of our success is unseemly, inappropriate, or unladylike. Andrea Bartz, Good Housekeeping, "Look, I'm a Self-Promoting Woman. And I’m Not Apologizing for It.," 14 Feb. 2019 Equipped with police, medical and legal personnel, One Stop Centers they are meant to be places where the physical, psychological and legal implications of violence against women can be addressed and support found. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 The company announced a massive security hack in September, plus a number of software bugs with privacy implications, including one on Friday that may have exposed users’ private photos to app developers. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook still hasn’t launched a big privacy feature that Mark Zuckerberg promised more than seven months ago," 17 Dec. 2018 The implication of the Atlantic article, however, is that the government of Vietnam is yielding to Trump’s pressure. Dara Lind, Vox, "The shift would affect thousands of immigrants who’ve been ordered deported — generally for committing crimes — but not legal immigrants or citizens.," 12 Dec. 2018 Fong-Jones suggested that Google would have to cross a red line — launching Dragonfly in China without a proper review of Dragonfly’s privacy implications, for example. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google," 30 Nov. 2018 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

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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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