implicit

adjective
im·​plic·​it | \ im-ˈpli-sət How to pronounce implicit (audio) \

Definition of implicit

1a : capable of being understood from something else though unexpressed : implied an implicit assumption
b : involved in the nature or essence of something though not revealed, expressed, or developed : potential a sculptor may see different figures implicit in a block of stone— John Dewey
c of a mathematical function : defined by an expression in which the dependent variable and the one or more independent variables are not separated on opposite sides of an equation — compare explicit sense 4
2 : being without doubt or reserve : unquestioning an implicit trust

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Other Words from implicit

implicitly adverb
implicitness noun

Implicit With a Preposition

Implicit is often followed by a preposition, and that preposition is usually in:

"American Horror Story" is a pretty grisly show. No one should be too surprised by that revelation — it’s sort of the promise implicit in its name, after all.
—Lacy Baugher, The Baltimore Sun, 3 Nov. 2016

On less frequent occasions, implicit may be followed by from, with, or within:

[S]uch a ruling seemed implicit from Fullam’s comments.
—Sean O’Sullivan, The News Journal (Wilmington, DE), 4 October 2006

Implicit with the discovery of oil was the hard truth that it wasn't going to last forever.
—Warren Jones et al., Alaska Dispatch News, 1 June 2016

Russia's president was explicit, calling on the West to pressure Kiev to deliver results. Implicit within that was a threat: that Moscow will not play along with the talks forever.
—Sarah Rainsford, BBC News, 14 Aug. 2016

The black dead ocean looked like a mirror of the night; it was cold, implicit with dread and death…
—Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead, 1948

Examples of implicit in a Sentence

This assumption, implicit in innumerable statements by President Reagan … dictates most of our current political and military programs. — Henry Steele Commager, Atlantic, March 1982 … in the best stories the end is implicit from the beginning. — Joan Aiken, The Writer, May 1968 The goodness and strength implicit within Pen unfold but slowly. — John DeBruyn, LIT, Spring 1966 The movies borrowed from other arts on the way to finding methods implicit in their medium. — Bernard DeVoto, The World of Fiction, 1950 There is a sense of moral duty implicit in her writings. I have implicit trust in her honesty.
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Recent Examples on the Web While implicit racial bias cannot be undone by one-day training sessions, Crump said everyone can be part of the solution. CBS News, "Civil rights attorney Ben Crump on confronting racial bias," 17 Oct. 2019 Research finds that implicit racial bias causes doctors to ignore the symptoms or underestimate the pain level, and spend less time overall, with patients of color. Kate Morgan, Harper's BAZAAR, ""It's a Battle Scar": The Emotional Toll of C-Sections No-one Talks About," 3 Oct. 2019 Officers will be required to have training about cultural diversity, implicit bias and police-citizen interaction. Washington Post, "Judge OKs settlement of racial profiling suit in Mississippi," 3 Oct. 2019 Thus, the visitor is able to see his or her own implicit bias in the situation. Wendy Moonan, Smithsonian, "Here’s Why AI Can’t Be Taken at Face Value," 1 Oct. 2019 In addition, the Danish system has an implicit and explicit government guarantee of mortgages, said Levitin, with a guarantee of all deposits and senior debts issued by its banks. NBC News, "Could Trump's plan to privatize Fannie Mae kill the 30-year mortgage?," 6 Sep. 2019 In the Sanford curriculum, the norm-setting process that has traditionally been implicit and internal becomes explicit and external. Max C. Eden, National Review, "The Latest Education-Policy Fad Amounts to Social and Emotional Engineering," 27 Aug. 2019 Subjects were given either implicit or explicit control over the input and publishing of their personal online data. Cathy Cunningham, chicagotribune.com, "Research shows greater online privacy controls can result in sharing more personal information," 17 May 2018 Gay men have been making, managing and influencing popular music and rock ’n’ roll since its birth, in ways both implicit and explicit. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "Troye Sivan Is a New Kind of Pop Star: Here, Queer and Used to It," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of implicit

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for implicit

Latin implicitus, past participle of implicare — see implicate

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implicit

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of implicit

: understood though not clearly or directly stated
: not affected by doubt

implicit

adjective
im·​plic·​it | \ im-ˈpli-sət How to pronounce implicit (audio) \

Kids Definition of implicit

1 : understood though not put clearly into words an implicit warning
2 : not affected by doubt : absolute He had my implicit trust.

Other Words from implicit

implicitly adverb

implicit

adjective
im·​plic·​it | \ im-ˈpli-sət How to pronounce implicit (audio) \

Legal Definition of implicit

: capable of being recognized though unexpressed : implied

Other Words from implicit

implicitly adverb

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