- something implied or suggested as naturally to be inferred or understood: to resent an implication of dishonesty.
- the act of implying: His implication of immediate changes surprised us.
- the state of being implied: to know only by implication.
- Logic. the relation that holds between two propositions, or classes of propositions, in virtue of which one is logically deducible from the other.
- the act of implicating or indicating that one or more persons may be involved, as in a crime: The implication of his accomplices came only after hours of grueling questioning by the police.
- the state of being implicated: We recently heard of his implication in a conspiracy.
- Usually implications. relationships of a close or intimate nature; involvements: the religious implications of ancient astrology.
Origin of implication
Synonyms for implicationSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for implicationconnotation, meaning, indication, significance, ramification, overtone, conclusion, presumption, guess, inference, reference, hint, innuendo, assumption, entanglement, union, connection, undertone, involvement, intimation
Examples from the Web for implication
Contemporary Examples of implication
Outside of the absurdity of “blood splatter” flying through the air is the implication that Ebola can be “breathed” at all.The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola
November 20, 2014
The implication is that she might even have assisted her husband inflicting his superficial wounds.Did Joran Van Der Sloot Fake His Prison Shanking?
Andrea Zarate, Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 5, 2014
The implication of some German news stories is that he was almost a charity case.The CIA’s Bumbling German Spy Was More Austin Powers and Less James Bond
Christopher Dickey, Nadette De Visser
July 8, 2014
Yet another important barrier to addressing this issue is the implication for statin sales.The AHA’s Absurd Saturated Fat Obsession
Dr. Barbara H. Roberts
June 3, 2014
The implication here is that they adopt the dress and mannerisms of men because they have failed as women.The Abused Wives of Westeros: A Song of Feminism in ‘Game of Thrones’
April 30, 2014
Historical Examples of implication
I wish it were possible to speak of God without the implication of dealing with religion.The Conquest of Fear
This, it must be observed, was not a direct falsehood: it was such only by implication.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
"We must make haste, Miss Calendar," said Kirkwood, ignoring the implication.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
I should have been shot for that but His Majesty did not see the implication.City of Endless Night
If these papers do not say so plainly, they say it by implication.The House Under the Sea
Sir Max Pemberton
- the act of implicating or the state of being implicated
- something that is implied; suggestionthe implication of your silence is that you're bored
- the operator that forms a sentence from two given sentences and corresponds to the English if … then …
- a sentence so formed. Usually written p→q or p⊃q, where p,q are the component sentences, it is true except when p (the antecedent) is true and q (the consequent) is false
- the relation between such sentences
Word Origin and History for implication
early 15c., "action of entangling," from Latin implicationem (nominative implicatio) "interweaving, entanglement," from past participle stem of implicare "involve, entangle, connect closely," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + plicare "to fold" (see ply (v.1)). Meaning "something implied (but not expressed)" is from 1550s.