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implicit

[im-plis-it]
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adjective
  1. implied, rather than expressly stated: implicit agreement.
  2. unquestioning or unreserved; absolute: implicit trust; implicit obedience; implicit confidence.
  3. potentially contained (usually followed by in): to bring out the drama implicit in the occasion.
  4. Mathematics. (of a function) having the dependent variable not explicitly expressed in terms of the independent variables, as x2 + y2 = 1.Compare explicit(def 6).
  5. Obsolete. entangled.
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Origin of implicit

1590–1600; < Latin implicitus involved, obscure, variant past participle of implicāre. See implicate, -ite2
Related formsim·plic·it·ly, adverbim·plic·it·ness, im·plic·i·ty, nounun·im·plic·it·ly, adverb
Can be confusedexplicit implicit implied

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2. inherent, complete, total.
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  • I knew your mother would be for implicit obedience in a child.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Her eyes met his, unwavering, bespeaking her implicit faith.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Implicit obedience, to the very sacrifice of his son, was the law of his life.

  • He had the most implicit trust in the old servant's fidelity.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The implicit obedience this autocrat commanded set them in a whirl.

    Scaramouche

    Rafael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for implicit

implicit

adjective
  1. not explicit; implied; indirectthere was implicit criticism in his voice
  2. absolute and unreserved; unquestioningyou have implicit trust in him
  3. (when postpositive, foll by in) contained or inherentto bring out the anger implicit in the argument
  4. maths (of a function) having an equation of the form f(x,y) = 0, in which y cannot be directly expressed in terms of x, as in xy + x ² + y ³ x ² = 0Compare explicit 1 (def. 4)
  5. obsolete intertwined
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Derived Formsimplicitly, adverbimplicitness or implicity, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin implicitus, variant of implicātus interwoven; see implicate
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Word Origin and History for implicit

1590s, from Middle French implicite and directly from Latin implicitus, later variant of implicatus, past participle of implicare (see implication).

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