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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Depp’s lawsuit was allowed to proceed on the doctrine of defamation by implication, which holds that seemingly neutral and accurate statements can still make a defamatory insinuation. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 10 May 2022 The immediate, concrete implication for all of this is that the extension of China’s ‘belt and road’ initiative into Europe and its ’16&1’ partnership with eastern European countries is all but dead. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2022 The Facebook post's implication that the COVID-19 vaccines cause cancer is also false. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 18 Feb. 2022 The implication being that Zoom would be an essential tool for that flexible future. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Feb. 2022 Later, King noted that Ghana’s independence will have worldwide implication and repercussions — not only for Asia and Africa, but also for America. Quartz, 14 Jan. 2022 The implication: Boosting with an Omicron-specific vaccine might only reawaken earlier immune responses, whether they were spurred by vaccination or infection. Denise Roland, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 One obvious implication: Blueport could slash its real estate footprint in half. Globe Staff,, 1 Dec. 2021 But there is an unsettling conversation, an implication of scary church stuff, and at least one ominous warning. Jodi Walker,, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Implication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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