implication

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, when 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
  1. noun
    something that is inferred (deduced or entailed or implied)
    “his resignation had political implications
    synonyms: deduction, entailment, inference
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    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
  2. noun
    a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred
    “the expectation was spread both by word and by implication
    synonyms: import, significance, subtext
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    type of:
    meaning, substance
    the idea that is intended
  3. noun
    an accusation that brings into intimate and usually incriminating connection
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    types:
    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
  4. noun
    a relation implicated by virtue of involvement or close connection (especially an incriminating involvement)
    “he was suspected of implication in several robberies”
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    type of:
    involvement
    a connection of inclusion or containment
  5. noun
    a logical relation between propositions p and q of the form `if p then q'; if p is true then q cannot be false
    synonyms: conditional relation, logical implication
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    type of:
    logical relation
    a relation between propositions
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