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

Other Words from implication

implicative \ ˈim-​plə-​ˌkā-​tiv How to pronounce implication (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Whatever the intent of calling something Old Lady might be, the implication seems negative. Jane Daly, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Aug. 2022 Another negative implication a global regulatory framework is that such a framework, by its very nature, would be inflexible in nature, and this is due to two distinct, but related reasons. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 24 July 2022 The implication here, of course, is a hierarchy of personalities. Vicky Spratt,, 6 June 2022 The claim's implication that all abortions are banned is wrong. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 15 July 2022 Yet the idea that U.S. operators swindled their African hosts has its own demeaning, even racist implication. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2022 Others worry about the privacy implication of information posted online. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 3 July 2022 Besides the direct implication of having to stay with a certain vendor, vendor lock-in has much more far-reaching consequences. Mike Waas, Forbes, 1 July 2022 The implication seemed to be that the Phone (1) would be a flagship Android device. Chris Smith, BGR, 30 June 2022 See More

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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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“Implication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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