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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Wendy White, Nez's civil right attorney, questioned whether implicit bias was the real cause of what happened. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Flagstaff police say they arrested wrong man in highly publicized drug bust," 1 July 2019 At de la Torre’s direction, the campus began training faculty and administrators to recognize implicit bias — the unconscious stereotyping of other people. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDSU president’s first year ends with praise, criticism, hope," 24 June 2019 Out of those meetings, the community has asked for more professional learning in cultural proficiency, training in implicit bias and a request for increased accountability in staff, Morris said. Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, "Howard schools working to address disproportionate suspension rates among students," 12 June 2019 The department underwent implicit bias training last year and earlier partnered with the Justice Department on an officer training video focused on interacting with the transgender community. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Transgender deaths draw attention to lack of LGBTQ resources in Prince George’s," 22 June 2019 That report prompted significant changes, including de-escalation courses and implicit bias training. CBS News, "Phoenix police chief responds after cops pull gun, threaten parents of alleged 4-year-old shoplifter," 17 June 2019 The program, which will affect about 80% of cases starting next month, is the result of Gascón asking the Stanford Computational Policy Lab to build technology to remove the potential for implicit bias during prosecutors’ initial review. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: ‘Blind’ justice in SF — via machine learning?," 13 June 2019 Scientific research supports the notion that our implicit biases do nothing to help curb obesity rates or affect positive change in any way. Dara Pettinelli Kapoor, Health.com, "What Nike’s Plus-Size Mannequin Means for All Women, Even Tanya Gold," 11 June 2019 Last fall, the department began implementing implicit bias training for its officers. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Phoenix police union defends officers identified in report of racist Facebook comments," 6 June 2019

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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

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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