An implication is something that is suggested, or happens, indirectly. When you left the gate open and the dog escaped, you were guilty by implication.

Implication has many different senses: Usually used in the plural, implications are effects or consequences that may happen in the future. You might ask, "What are the implications of our decision?" Implication is also the state of being implicated, or connected to something bad: "Are you surprised by their implication that you were involved in the crime?"

Definitions of implication

n something that is inferred (deduced or entailed or implied)

“his resignation had political implications
deduction, entailment
Type of:
illation, inference
the reasoning involved in drawing a conclusion or making a logical judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence and prior conclusions rather than on the basis of direct observation

n a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred

“the expectation was spread both by word and by implication
import, significance
Type of:
meaning, substance
the idea that is intended

n an accusation that brings into intimate and usually incriminating connection

unspoken accusation, veiled accusation
an accusation that is understood without needing to be spoken
innuendo, insinuation
an indirect (and usually malicious) implication
Type of:
accusal, accusation
a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt

n a relation implicated by virtue of involvement or close connection (especially an incriminating involvement)

“he was suspected of implication in several robberies”
Type of:
a connection of inclusion or containment

n a logical relation between propositions p and q of the form `if p then q'; if p is true then q cannot be false

conditional relation, logical implication
Type of:
logical relation
a relation between propositions

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