[ im-plis-it ]
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  1. implied, rather than expressly stated: implicit agreement.

  2. unquestioning or unreserved; unconditional: implicit trust;implicit obedience;implicit confidence.

  1. potentially contained (usually followed by in): to bring out the drama implicit in the occasion.

  2. Mathematics. (of a function) having the dependent variable not explicitly expressed in terms of the independent variables, as x2 + y2 = 1.: Compare explicit (def. 5).

  3. Obsolete. entangled.

Origin of implicit

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Latin implicitus “involved, obscure,” variant past participle of implicāre; see origin at implicate, -ite2

Other words for implicit

Other words from implicit

  • im·plic·it·ly, adverb
  • im·plic·it·ness, im·plic·i·ty, noun

Words that may be confused with implicit

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How to use implicit in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for implicit


/ (ɪmˈplɪsɪt) /

  1. not explicit; implied; indirect: there was implicit criticism in his voice

  2. absolute and unreserved; unquestioning: you have implicit trust in him

  1. (when postpositive, foll by in) contained or inherent: to bring out the anger implicit in the argument

  2. 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 = 0: Compare explicit 1 (def. 4)

  3. obsolete intertwined

Origin of implicit

C16: from Latin implicitus, variant of implicātus interwoven; see implicate

Derived forms of implicit

  • implicitly, adverb
  • implicitness or implicity, noun

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