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implied

[ im-plahyd ]
/ ɪmˈplaɪd /
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adjective

involved, indicated, or suggested without being directly or explicitly stated; tacitly understood: an implied rebuke; an implied compliment.

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Origin of implied

First recorded in 1520–30; imply + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM implied

im·pli·ed·ly [im-plahy-id-lee], /ɪmˈplaɪ ɪd li/, adverbun·im·plied, adjectivewell-im·plied, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH implied

explicit, implicit, implied
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British Dictionary definitions for implied

implied
/ (ɪmˈplaɪd) /

adjective

hinted at or suggested; not directly expressedan implied criticism

Derived forms of implied

impliedly (ɪmˈplaɪɪdlɪ), adverb
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