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[im-pli-key-shuh n] /ˌɪm plɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
something implied or suggested as naturally to be inferred or understood:
to resent an implication of dishonesty.
the act of implying:
His implication of immediate changes surprised us.
the state of being implied:
to know only by implication.
Logic. the relation that holds between two propositions, or classes of propositions, in virtue of which one is logically deducible from the other.
the act of implicating or indicating that one or more persons may be involved, as in a crime:
The implication of his accomplices came only after hours of grueling questioning by the police.
the state of being implicated:
We recently heard of his implication in a conspiracy.
Usually, implications. relationships of a close or intimate nature; involvements:
the religious implications of ancient astrology.
Origin of implication
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English implicacio(u)n < Latin implicātiōn- (stem of implicātiō) an interweaving, equivalent to implicāt(us) (see implicate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
implicational, adjective
nonimplication, noun
7. associations, connections. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for implications


the act of implicating or the state of being implicated
something that is implied; suggestion: the implication of your silence is that you're bored
  1. the operator that forms a sentence from two given sentences and corresponds to the English ifthen
  2. a sentence so formed. Usually written p→q or p⊃q, where p,q are the component sentences, it is true except when p (the antecedent) is true and q (the consequent) is false
  3. the relation between such sentences
Derived Forms
implicational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for implications



early 15c., "action of entangling," from Latin implicationem (nominative implicatio) "interweaving, entanglement," from past participle stem of implicare "involve, entangle, connect closely," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + plicare "to fold" (see ply (v.1)). Meaning "something implied (but not expressed)" is from 1550s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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