implication

noun
im·​pli·​ca·​tion | \ ˌim-plə-ˈkā-shən \

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 , 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

Woodroofe is right that the Gatwick drone debacle will have wide-reaching implications. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "We Still Have No Idea How to Deal With Drones," 21 Dec. 2018 Similarly, several experts that spoke to Teen Vogue expressed frustration about the lack of attention paid to climate change's gendered implications. Mélissa Godin, Teen Vogue, "Climate Change Is Creating a New Atmosphere of Gender Inequality for Women in Malawi," 20 Dec. 2018 The fat-shaming implications here do have some merit. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "This Victoria's Secret Model Is Being Accused of Fat Shaming for Exercising at an In-N-Out Burger," 17 Dec. 2018 Losing foreign students can carry financial implications for schools that rely on them for revenue. Collin Binkley, The Seattle Times, "US colleges attracting fewer new students from abroad," 13 Nov. 2018 The win obviously had much larger implications, too. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "50 Years After Winning Olympic Gold, Madeline Manning Mims Reflects on Her History-Making Moment," 16 Oct. 2018 Historian Dana Frank, an expert on human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras, said the caravan could have political implications in the United States less than a month before the midterm elections. Fox News, "Honduran migrant caravan crosses Guatemala border, US-bound," 15 Oct. 2018 Sometimes, those meetings on planes have bigger implications. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Talking to Someone on a Plane Can Change Your Life," 5 Oct. 2018 As grave as the Khashoggi killing has become to the U.S.-Saudi relationship, there are significant implications for any moves the U.S. makes that could be seen as an overreaction in Riyadh and an opening for American competitors. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Khashoggi Killing Rocks Saudi Role as West’s Arab Ally," 28 Oct. 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 \

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 \

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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