Definition of implication
1a : the act of implicating (see implicate) : the state of being implicatedb : close connection; especially : an incriminating involvement
2a : the act of implying : the state of being impliedb (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 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
implicativeplay \ˈim-plə-ˌkā-tiv, im-ˈpli-kə-\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of implication from the Web
But others say that baboon behavior may have no implications for humans.
The findings also have implications for people suffering from another breathing problem, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the Air Louisville researchers said.
The decision has widespread implications on states and public funds going towards religious groups.
While the economic implications of the travel ban are unclear, its most immediate impact could come this fall on the football field.
The clear implication is that Illinois hasn’t acted to reduce the future costs of its pension plans.
Everyone is still absorbing the implications of that when a human heart is discovered among the animal remains those young jokers used in their monster-carcass gag.
Even in a match without Major League Soccer implications, such as the one that will be played Tuesday, the rivalry carries weight.
Oil prices edged lower Thursday, near lows going back to last year with traders still fearing the implications of an unexpected addition to U.S. crude inventories from last week.
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IMPLICATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of implication for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of implication for Students
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.
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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