- implied, rather than expressly stated: implicit agreement.
- unquestioning or unreserved; absolute: implicit trust; implicit obedience; implicit confidence.
- potentially contained (usually followed by in): to bring out the drama implicit in the occasion.
- 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).
- Obsolete. entangled.
Origin of implicit
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Examples from the Web for implicit
Think about it: Dodd-Frank was explicitly passed to drive a stake through the heart of the implicit concept of “too big to fail.”How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
December 18, 2014
By the implicit laws of capitalism, I'm pretty sure this makes Bieber the new commander in chief.Justin Bieber Isn’t Even 21, Yet Makes More Money Than Meryl Streep
November 25, 2014
It is part and parcel of the implicit politics of Snap Judgment, which folds the margins of American society into its center.NPR’s Smooth-Talking Millennial Whisperer
October 7, 2014
It can be implicit and it can be body language, but it must be clear and unambiguous.Is the Campus Rape Crisis Overblown?
July 10, 2014
The only problem with Obama's formulation is its implicit assumption that Iraqi leaders can simply choose to make up.How Iran and America Can Beat ISIS Together
Ben Van Heuvelen
June 21, 2014
I knew your mother would be for implicit obedience in a child.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
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.The Ministry of Intercession
He had the most implicit trust in the old servant's fidelity.The Sea-Hawk
The implicit obedience this autocrat commanded set them in a whirl.Scaramouche
- not explicit; implied; indirectthere was implicit criticism in his voice
- absolute and unreserved; unquestioningyou have implicit trust in him
- (when postpositive, foll by in) contained or inherentto bring out the anger implicit in the argument
- 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)
- obsolete intertwined
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).