Meaning of IMPLICIT in English


(ˈ)im|plisə̇t, əmˈp-, usu -ə̇d.+V adjective

Etymology: Latin implicitus, past participle of implicare to infold, involve, implicate, engage — more at employ

1. obsolete : tangled or twisted together : interwoven



(1) : tacitly involved in something else : capable of being understood from something else though unexpressed : capable of being inferred : implied — compare explicit

draws no social conclusions of his own, but they are implicit — Robert Lasch

the artistic standards of our time are … implicit rather than codified — Michael Kitson

(2) : involved in the nature or essence of something though not revealed, expressed, or developed : potential

the oak is implicit in the acorn

a sculptor may see different figures implicit in a block of stone — John Dewey

the drama implicit in an idea becomes explicit when it is shown as a point of view which a person holds and upon which he acts — F.J.Hoffman


(1) : not appearing overtly : confined in the organism

implicit behavior

implicit speech

(2) of a culture : capable of being derived only as an implication from behavior : not apparent or overt to the people it characterizes : tacit and underlying


a. : lacking doubt or reserve : unquestioning , wholehearted

implicit obedience

an implicit trust

b. obsolete : unqualified , absolute

implicit ignorance — Francis Bacon

4. archaic : marked by an implicit faith, credulity, or obedience

• im·plic·it·ly adverb

• im·plic·it·ness noun -es

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