[ im-pli-key-shuhn ]
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  1. something implied or suggested as naturally to be inferred or understood: to resent an implication of dishonesty.

  2. the act of implying: His implication of immediate changes surprised us.

  1. the state of being implied: to know only by implication.

  2. Logic. the relation that holds between two propositions, or classes of propositions, in virtue of which one is logically deducible from the other.

  3. 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.

  4. the state of being implicated: We recently heard of his implication in a conspiracy.

  5. Usually implications. relationships of a close or intimate nature; involvements: the religious implications of ancient astrology.

Origin of implication

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English implicacio(u)n, from Latin implicātiōn-, stem of implicātiō “an interweaving,” equivalent to implicāt(us) “interwoven” (see implicate) + -ion

Other words for implication

Other words from implication

  • im·pli·ca·tion·al, adjective
  • non·im·pli·ca·tion, noun

Words Nearby implication Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use implication in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for implication


/ (ˌɪmplɪˈkeɪʃən) /

  1. the act of implicating or the state of being implicated

  2. something that is implied; suggestion: the implication of your silence is that you're bored

  1. logic

    • the operator that forms a sentence from two given sentences and corresponds to the English ifthen

    • 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

Derived forms of implication

  • implicational, adjective

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