Use the adjective implicit when you mean that something is understood but not clearly stated. You might think you and your boyfriend might have an implicit understanding that you are going to get married, but it's probably better to talk it through.

A very near synonym of implicit in this particular meaning is the word implied. But the adjective implicit also means "complete without any doubt," so we can say that we have implicit trust or confidence in someone. The Latin root implic─üre means "to involve or entangle." Another English word with a more obvious connection to the Latin is the verb implicate.

Definitions of implicit

adj implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something

“an implicit agreement not to raise the subject”
“there was implicit criticism in his voice”
“anger was implicit in the argument”
“the oak is implicit in the acorn”
having the power of implying or suggesting something in addition to what is explicit
implicit in, inherent, underlying
in the nature of something though not readily apparent
silent, tacit, understood
implied by or inferred from actions or statements
unexpressed, unsaid, unspoken, unstated, unuttered, unverbalised, unverbalized, unvoiced
not made explicit
secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed
explicit, expressed
precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication
precise; explicit and clearly defined
denotative, denotive
having the power of explicitly denoting or designating or naming
unambiguous, unequivocal, univocal
admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; having only one meaning or interpretation and leading to only one conclusion
declared, stated
declared as fact; explicitly stated
definitive, unequivocal
clearly defined or formulated
not tacit or implied
describing nudity or sexual activity in graphic detail
hard-core, hardcore
extremely explicit
open, overt
open and observable; not secret or hidden
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adj being without doubt or reserve

implicit trust”
perfect or complete or pure

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