What does implicit mean?

Definitions for implicit
ɪmˈplɪs ɪtim·plic·it

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. implicit, inexplicitadjective

    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"

  2. implicit, unquestioningadjective

    being without doubt or reserve

    "implicit trust"


  1. implicitadjective

    Implied indirectly, without being directly expressed

  2. implicitadjective

    Contained in the essential nature of something but not openly shown

  3. implicitadjective

    Having no reservations or doubts; unquestioning or unconditional; usually said of faith or trust.

  4. implicitadjective

    entangled, twisted together.

  5. Etymology: From or from implicitus, past participle of implico; see implicate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. IMPLICITadjective

    Etymology: implicite, Fr. implicitus, Latin.

    In his woolly fleece
    I cling implicit. Alexander Pope.

    The humble shrub,
    And bush with frizzl'd hair implicit. James Thomson.

    In the first establishments of speech there was an implicit compact, founded upon common consent, that such and such words should be signs, whereby they would express their thoughts one to another. South.

    Our express requests are not granted, but the implicit desires of our hearts are fulfilled. George Smalridge, Sermons.

    There be false peaces or unities, when the peace is grounded but upon an implicit ignorance; for all colours will agree in the dark. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    No longer by implicit faith we err,
    Whilst every man's his own interpreter. John Denham.


  1. implicit

    Implicit refers to something that is suggested or understood without being directly stated or expressed. It is something that is implied or inferred but not plainly expressed. This could apply to various contexts such as instructions, meanings, beliefs, biases, or values.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Implicitadjective

    infolded; entangled; complicated; involved

  2. Implicitadjective

    tacitly comprised; fairly to be understood, though not expressed in words; implied; as, an implicit contract or agreement

  3. Implicitadjective

    resting on another; trusting in the word or authority of another, without doubt or reserve; unquestioning; complete; as, implicit confidence; implicit obedience

  4. Etymology: [L. implicitus, p. p. of implicare to entwine, entangle, attach closely: cf. F. implicite. See Implicate.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'implicit' in Adjectives Frequency: #942

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of implicit in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of implicit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of implicit in a Sentence

  1. Paul Shechtman:

    At the first trial we argued that the $60,000 payment to Mr. Rechnitz was inappropriate, so I'm not surprised by today's plea, i respect Mr. Huberfeld greatly for admitting what he did, and for not admitting what he didn't do. Implicit in this plea is that he did not pay a bribe to Norman Seabrook.

  2. Hannah Nixon:

    I am sure you will be guided right in your decision, to place implicit faith in his integrity and honesty. Best wishes from one who has known Richard longer than anyone else. His mother.

  3. Vladan Kuzmanović:

    Sabism is an art and theatric movement of 21st century occupied with the philotipes, mythologic forms, schematism and chromatic scales, dual art, logism of color, cult art, conglomeration. As an art movement it tries to explore word act, group performance, collective structure, fruitfulness and aesthetics of multitude through philotipes as implicit connotation of colors or schemes in their general use (honeysuckle yellow, female, courtly, savage, dionysiaque).

  4. Jim Burroughs:

    I don't believe these feelings are mutually exclusive, i think you can admire what someone has, but also be jealous of what they have as a result of these implicit comparisons to yourself. So when you see the' real housewife' who drives a Bentley you can simultaneously admire her and resent her.

  5. Pavlo Kovtoniuk:

    An implicit loss of health [in Ukraine] is vast, we see a huge deprivation of health care services and pharmaceuticals in recently de-occupied territories.

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