1520–30; imply + -ed2

impliedly [im-plahy-id-lee] , adverb
unimplied, adjective
well-implied, adjective

explicit, implicit, implied. Unabridged


verb (used with object), implied, implying.
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.

1325–75; Middle English implien, emplien < Middle French emplier < Latin implicāre; see implicate

reimply, verb (used with object), reimplied, reimplying.
superimply, verb (used with object), superimplied, superimplying.

imply, infer (see usage note at infer).

3. assume, include.

See infer. Unabridged
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implied (ɪmˈplaɪd)
hinted at or suggested; not directly expressed: an implied criticism

imply (ɪmˈplaɪ)
vb , -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

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "to enfold, enwrap, entangle" (the classical L. sense), from O.Fr. emplier, from L. implicare "involve" (see implicate). Meaning "to involve something unstated as a logical consequence" first recorded 1529. 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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Example sentences
He hinted at corruption and implied it was under some sort of external control,
  without saying what that meant.
Taking up the implied challenge, he set about photographing clouds.
It was not about serenity and peacefulness, which the usual silky-water picture
  would have implied.
The giant size of the creature is implied by filling fully half of the top half
  of the frame with the shell.
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