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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.

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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  • For months Donald Whiting had obeyed Linda implicitly and instantly.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • "You spoke a while ago as if you didn't trust him implicitly," she said.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • He was implicitly trusted by all, even by Hatteras, who cherished a deep affection for him.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • He had no intention of trusting too implicitly to that loudly proclaimed fatigue.

  • But my reader may not have retained in her memory the facts to which I implicitly refer.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for implicitly

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
Derived Formsimplicitly, adverbimplicitness or implicity, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin implicitus, variant of implicātus interwoven; see implicate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for implicitly

adv.

c.1600, from implicit + -ly (2).

implicit

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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