Origin of implication

1400–50; late Middle English implicacio(u)n < Latin implicātiōn- (stem of implicātiō) an interweaving, equivalent to implicāt(us) (see implicate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsim·pli·ca·tion·al, adjectivenon·im·pli·ca·tion, noun

Synonyms for implication

7. associations, connections. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for implication

Contemporary Examples of implication

Historical Examples of implication

  • I wish it were possible to speak of God without the implication of dealing with religion.

  • This, it must be observed, was not a direct falsehood: it was such only by implication.

  • "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.

  • If these papers do not say so plainly, they say it by implication.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton

British Dictionary definitions for implication



the act of implicating or the state of being implicated
something that is implied; suggestionthe implication of your silence is that you're bored
  1. the operator that forms a sentence from two given sentences and corresponds to the English ifthen
  2. 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
  3. the relation between such sentences
Derived Formsimplicational, adjective
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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.

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