- 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 implicitly
In tackling this issue, Watson is, whether she knows it or not, also implicitly taking on a broader issue.The Gender-Pay Gap: It’s Real, and Yes, It’s Sexism
September 27, 2014
Because programs like TFA implicitly reveal the problem with the main core of U.S. teacher preparation.Stop Scapegoating Teach for America
Conor P. Williams
September 24, 2014
“To us, when church officials talk about forgiveness, they implicitly imply that the crisis is over,” said Clohessy.Why Pope Francis’s Apology Isn’t Good Enough for Sex Abuse Victims
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 11, 2014
A Kansas that enshrines discrimination against gays is, implicitly, a Kansas that has declared its contempt for their lives.Anti-Gay Jim Crow Comes to Kansas
February 13, 2014
This implicitly rebukes North Carolina as it moves to cut back on early balloting as part of its wildly controversial plan.A Bipartisan Path to Fixing America’s Broken Elections
January 24, 2014
For months Donald Whiting had obeyed Linda implicitly and instantly.Her Father's Daughter
"You spoke a while ago as if you didn't trust him implicitly," she said.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
He was implicitly trusted by all, even by Hatteras, who cherished a deep affection for him.The Field of Ice
He had no intention of trusting too implicitly to that loudly proclaimed fatigue.The Inn at the Red Oak
But my reader may not have retained in her memory the facts to which I implicitly refer.Wilfrid Cumbermede
- 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 implicitly
1590s, from Middle French implicite and directly from Latin implicitus, later variant of implicatus, past participle of implicare (see implication).