from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Implied or understood though not directly expressed.
  • adjective Contained in the nature of something though not readily apparent.
  • adjective Having no doubts or reservations; unquestioning.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Infolded; entangled.
  • Complicated; involved; puzzling.
  • Implied; resting on implication or inference; that may or should be understood, though not directly expressed; tacitly included.
  • Involved in or resulting from perfect confidence in or deference to some authority or witness; hence, submissive; unquestioning; blind: as, implicit faith; implicit assent; implicit obedience.
  • Submissively yielding; unquestioningly obedient; trusting confidently or blindly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Infolded; entangled; complicated; involved.
  • adjective Tacitly comprised; fairly to be understood, though not expressed in words; implied.
  • adjective Resting on another; trusting in the word or authority of another, without doubt or reserve; unquestioning; complete
  • adjective (Math.) See under Function.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Implied indirectly, without being directly expressed
  • adjective Contained in the essential nature of something but not openly shown
  • adjective Having no reservations or doubts; unquestioning or unconditional; usually said of faith or trust.
  • adjective obsolete entangled, twisted together.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective being without doubt or reserve
  • adjective implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin implicitus, variant of implicātus, past participle of implicāre, to entangle; see implicate.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French or from Latin implicitus, past participle of implico ("to infold, involve, entangle"); see implicate.


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