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implied

[im-plahyd] /ɪmˈplaɪd/
adjective
1.
involved, indicated, or suggested without being directly or explicitly stated; tacitly understood:
an implied rebuke; an implied compliment.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; imply + -ed2
Related forms
impliedly
[im-plahy-id-lee] /ɪmˈplaɪ ɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
unimplied, adjective
well-implied, adjective
Can be confused
explicit, implicit, implied.

imply

[im-plahy] /ɪmˈplaɪ/
verb (used with object), implied, implying.
1.
to indicate or suggest without being explicitly stated:
His words implied a lack of faith.
2.
(of words) to signify or mean.
3.
to involve as a necessary circumstance:
Speech implies a speaker.
4.
Obsolete. to enfold.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English implien, emplien < Middle French emplier < Latin implicāre; see implicate
Related forms
reimply, verb (used with object), reimplied, reimplying.
superimply, verb (used with object), superimplied, superimplying.
Can be confused
imply, infer (see usage note at infer)
Synonyms
3. assume, include.
Usage note
See infer.
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British Dictionary definitions for imp-lied

implied

/ɪmˈplaɪd/
adjective
1.
hinted at or suggested; not directly expressed: an implied criticism
Derived Forms
impliedly (ɪmˈplaɪɪdlɪ) adverb

imply

/ɪmˈplaɪ/
verb (transitive; may take a clause as object) -plies, -plying, -plied
1.
to express or indicate by a hint; suggest: what are you implying by that remark?
2.
to suggest or involve as a necessary consequence
3.
(logic) to enable (a conclusion) to be inferred
4.
(obsolete) to entangle or enfold
Word Origin
C14: from Old French emplier, from Latin implicāre to involve; see implicate
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Word Origin and History for imp-lied

imply

v.

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?"

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