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 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 The Pelosi bill has broad implications for the financial sector. Laura Davison,, "Pelosi $2.5 Trillion Plan Has Mortgage Reprieve: Congress Update," 10 May 2020 The Steelers game in the season finale — the ninth time that’s happened in the last 13 years — could have playoff implications for both teams. cleveland, "Baker Mayfield will be tested right out of the gate vs. Ravens & other Browns 2020 schedule takeaways," 10 May 2020 But the prospect of a new society in which the public conceals their faces from one another has wide-ranging implications for crime and security, as well as social interaction. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "We're headed for a faceless future as masks become the norm. That's a big security concern, experts say," 10 May 2020 And that will have very strong implications for how the virus is able to transmit. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "When Will It Be Safe to End Coronavirus Lockdowns?," 8 May 2020 After all, the virus has far more dire health implications for older people. Jean Twenge, The Conversation, "New study shows staggering effect of coronavirus pandemic on America’s mental health," 7 May 2020 March 13, 2020 The shutdowns could have serious implications for California’s economy because of the number of people temporarily out of work and the amount of economic activity the parks attract to the area. Los Angeles Times, "After coronavirus and 100,000 furloughs, where does Disney go from here?," 5 May 2020 Again, this could have major implications for the European Union. David Meyer, Fortune, "Europe’s coronavirus stimulus in doubt as Germany’s top court rules ECB quantitative easing program could be illegal," 5 May 2020 The lawsuits could have major financial implications for the school. oregonlive, "Six more former Catlin Gabel students claim they were sexually abused by their teachers," 29 Apr. 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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14 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Implication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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


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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