- involved, indicated, or suggested without being directly or explicitly stated; tacitly understood: an implied rebuke; an implied compliment.
Origin of implied
- to indicate or suggest without being explicitly stated: His words implied a lack of faith.
- (of words) to signify or mean.
- to involve as a necessary circumstance: Speech implies a speaker.
- Obsolete. to enfold.
Origin of imply
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Examples from the Web for implied
“Call me when the plane leaves the ground,” she said, in a tone that implied she knew her husband well.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82
January 2, 2015
In doing so, he implied the obsolescence of that most embedded of British watering holes, the pub.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
It was a duel on a larger scale, with all the uncertainty and danger that implied.How Clausewitz Invented Modern War
James A. Warren
November 24, 2014
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will implied in an interview that Ebola may be airborne.George Will, Fox News, and the Beginning of an Ebola Conspiracy
October 22, 2014
But Francis has also implied that his hands are tied when it comes to changing doctrine or altering church teachings.The Pope vs. the Church on Family Values?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 6, 2014
There was an implied crime-partnership in her glance which revolted him.
Crane must know that it was his implied desires that had led up to the stopping of Lucretia.
He had felt a moral superiority in denying the implied bad habits.
Day after day, she was ridiculed for what implied no blame, and admitted of no remedy.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
It was a species of punctuation, and implied that Mr. Morgan had finished his remark.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
- hinted at or suggested; not directly expressedan implied criticism
- to express or indicate by a hint; suggestwhat are you implying by that remark?
- to suggest or involve as a necessary consequence
- logic to enable (a conclusion) to be inferred
- obsolete to entangle or enfold
Word Origin and History for implied
late 14c., "to enfold, enwrap, entangle" (the classical Latin sense), from Old French emplier, from Latin implicare "involve" (see implication). Meaning "to involve something unstated as a logical consequence" first recorded c.1400; that of "to hint at" from 1580s. Related: Implied; implying. The distinction between imply and infer is in "What do you imply by that remark?" But, "What am I to infer from that remark?"