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Dictionary Definition



1 something that is inferred (deduced or entailed or implied); "his resignation had political implications" [syn: deduction, entailment]
2 a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred; "the significance of his remark became clear only later"; "the expectation was spread both by word and by implication" [syn: significance, import]
3 an accusation that brings into intimate and usually incriminating connection
4 a logical relation between propositions p and q of the form `if p then q'; if p is true then q cannot be false [syn: logical implication, conditional relation]
5 a relation implicated by virtue of involvement or close connection (especially an incriminating involvement); "he was suspected of implication in several robberies"

User Contributed Dictionary




From implicationem (accusative of implicatio).


  1. The act of implicating.
  2. The state of being implicated.
  3. An implying, or that which is implied, but not expressed; an inference, or something which may fairly be understood, though not expressed in words.
  4. (countable) The connective in propositional calculus that, when joining two predicates A and B in that order, has the meaning "if A is true, then B is true".

Derived terms


logical connective



From implicationem (accusative of implicatio).


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Extensive Definition

Implication can refer to:
Also, in linguistics, there are different specialized related notions:
  • Implicit can mean to imply indirectly, that is to not state it directly.

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