Definition of implicit
1a : capable of being understood from something else though unexpressed : implied an implicit assumptionb : 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 Deweyc 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 4
2 : being without doubt or reserve : unquestioning an implicit trust
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.
Recent Examples of implicit from the Web
While the AT&T-Facetime example was eventually corrected, what a fast lane policy does is give an implicit advantage to those huge companies who have resources and clout, both to pay and to negotiate a better deal.
The video for the song ends with an implicit message to vote against May's Conservative Party.
A senior White House official later told NBC that the commitment was implicit in the president's being at the gathering.
Covert operations are implicit in many of the other situation reports, which are filled with details that only individuals with close and consistent access to the protesters’ communities could have gathered.
But research has shown that when gender is taken out of consideration, potential implicit biases fade away and the scales balance.
Instead, the experience was spoon-fed to them following a laborious process of humans interviewing other humans, and distilling their implicit knowledge into explicit rules.
Some mix of skyrocketing salaries, the steroid-era hangover and camera technology has rubbed away that implicit charm.
The question was implicit in some of the reaction to the women’s march in New York last weekend, which drew an astonishing 400,000 participants.
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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
Origin and Etymology of implicit
Latin implicitus, past participle of implicare —see implicate
First Known Use: 1599
IMPLICIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of implicit for English Language Learners
: understood though not clearly or directly stated
: not affected by doubt
IMPLICIT Defined for Kids
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