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[ im-plis-it ]
/ ɪmˈplɪs ɪt /


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.


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Nearby words

implication, implications, implicative, implicatory, implicature, implicit, implicit bias, implicit differentiation, implicit function, implicit function theorem, implicitly

Origin of implicit

1590–1600; < Latin implicitus involved, obscure, variant past participle of implicāre. See implicate, -ite2
Related formsim·plic·it·ly, adverbim·plic·it·ness, im·plic·i·ty, nounun·im·plic·it·ly, adverb
Can be confusedexplicit implicit implied Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for implicity

  • The signs never fail, yet there is such a thing as trusting them too implicity.

    Bizarre|Lawton Mackall
  • Can it be that Christianity, in which she so implicity believes, has anything to do with this perfect peace?

    The Actress' Daughter|May Agnes Fleming
  • Some believed in it so implicity that they saw in every experiment a hundred things which they did not see.

    Vikram and the Vampire|Richard F. Burton

British Dictionary definitions for implicity


/ (ɪmˈplɪsɪt) /


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
Derived Formsimplicitly, adverbimplicitness or implicity, noun

Word Origin for implicit

C16: from Latin implicitus, variant of implicātus interwoven; see implicate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for implicity


1590s, from Middle French implicite and directly from Latin implicitus, later variant of implicatus, past participle of implicare (see implication).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper