American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of implicating or the condition of being implicated.
- n. The act of implying or the condition of being implied.
- n. Something that is implied, especially:
- n. An indirect indication; a suggestion.
- n. An implied meaning; implicit significance.
- n. An inference. See Usage Note at infer.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of implicating, or the state of being implicated; involution; entanglement.
- n. That which is implied but not expressed; an inference that may be drawn from what is said or observed.
- n. uncountable The act of implicating.
- n. uncountable The state of being implicated.
- n. countable An implying, or that which is implied, but not expressed; an inference, or something which may fairly be understood, though not expressed in words.
- n. logic (countable) The connective in propositional calculus that, when joining two predicates A and B in that order, has the meaning "if A is true, then B is true".
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of implicating, or the state of being implicated.
- n. An implying, or that which is implied, but not expressed; an inference, or something which may fairly be understood, though not expressed in words.
- n. a relation implicated by virtue of involvement or close connection (especially an incriminating involvement)
- n. an accusation that brings into intimate and usually incriminating connection
- n. a logical relation between propositions p and q of the form `if p then q'; if p is true then q cannot be false
- n. something that is inferred (deduced or entailed or implied)
- n. a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred
- From Latin implicationem (accusative of implicatio). (Wiktionary)
“The main implication is that the dripping water puts out the pilot from time to time, so unless you're constantly checking, you never know when your shower will be hot or cold.”
“The plain implication is that the Bush administration is stashing Bin Laden somewhere, or somehow keeping his arrest in reserve, for an “October surprise.””
“DID NOT make me the color that I am. the implication is the enemy is white folks ... and in the last example, the enemy is??”
“** UPDATE** James Danziger "objects" on his blog to what he calls the implication that defining yourself as an 'artist' as opposed to a 'photographer' makes you more important and gives you a special privilege.”
“Granted, you write it much nicer than Lowell does, but the implication is there just the same.”
“The juxtaposition of this telling color with the anti-golf slur can manages to convey both despair at the loss of human life as well as a fierce contempt for those who would use this procedure as a remedy for the products of recreational sex -- though really, the implication is almost undermined by the almost-too-obvious analogy with golf's "have fun getting the ball in the hole" objective.”
“The implication is that the greater expense associated with compromises is undesirable, and it would be better to select one of the two suggestions, rather than incur the additional expense of trying to make both parties happy.”
“Second, the argument that because the government can do some things, it can do "anything" - and the implication is that "anything" includes all kinds of bad stuff - may be true in theory, but that's exactly why our Founding Fathers put a system of "checks and balances" in place, including a court system to decide on the constitutionality of laws passed by Congress and signed by the President.”
“Study co-author David McKenzie argues that another implication is that India should allow more multinationals to set up shop to serve as training grounds for managers.”
“When Aretha Franklin sings opera arias, the implication is that she's so good she can even do this.”
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