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

Bill Turnblad, the city’s community-development director, said the plan benefits both cities and should have no tax implications. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Stillwater and Oak Park Heights plan property exchange," 6 July 2019 The online-retailing giant used this discussion to point out that its new $15 hourly U.S. minimum wage took effect Nov. 1 and thus didn't apply for most of 2018, with the implication that the CEO pay ratio will narrow in coming years. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "New corporate disclosure rule about CEO and worker pay adds fuel to rich-poor debate," 5 July 2019 That result would have national and state implications that would extend for decades. Dallas News, "With Trump at the top of the ticket, Republicans, Democrats prepare for epic 2020 Texas fight," 5 July 2019 The information gathered from the census has broad political and financial implications. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "Trump appears to contradict his own administration on census citizenship question," 3 July 2019 The Senate banking and House financial services committees have scheduled hearings later this month to examine Libra's implications for financial systems and user privacy. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Facebook gets more official pushback on Libra," 3 July 2019 In any case, stop to look at the long-term implications. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 3 July 2019 The implications could be sweeping given that constitutional rights trump district policy and even UTLA contract rights. Howard Blume, latimes.com, "Memo to charter leaders: ‘It’s better to be feared than loved. Right now we are neither’," 2 July 2019 Perhaps even more important are the implications for the pursuit of research at large. Ryan Dalton, Scientific American, "Decoding the Language of Neurons," 2 July 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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