Definition of implicit in English:



  • 1Suggested though not directly expressed.

    ‘comments seen as implicit criticism of the policies’
    • ‘As subtle as implicit attitudes are, they can cause serious real-world damage.’
    • ‘The tradeoff I have described has always been implicit in the law, but it now may become explicit.’
    • ‘Her earlier work exploited the tensions of flatness in paintings of punctures, protrusions and simple forms whose symbolic possibilities were always implicit.’
    • ‘It seems to me that they were fundamentally asking why we need to have 100 pages of legislation that set out how a Crown entity must report when it has always been implicit that that agency must report anyway.’
    • ‘The process of learning to read seems to involve both explicit and implicit learning.’
    • ‘It always maintains an implicit threat of violence.’
    • ‘The attention on young middle class protestors was far less direct but often implicit.’
    • ‘Expanding debate and liberating speech is at least implicit in the mandate of any university governing body.’
    • ‘The implicit message is always the same: it is your capitalist (imperialist, racist, whatever) society that is the true enemy of the people.’
    • ‘He conceded that such an inference would be only implicit.’
    • ‘There is an implicit question as to whether perfections are coherent such that they can exist in one person.’
    • ‘They may also be curtailed, with the explanation left implicit.’
    • ‘Resource limitation is an implicit assumption of any competition hypothesis and should be tested.’
    • ‘The implicit presumption was always that politicised corrections for market failures would work perfectly.’
    • ‘It has always been implicit in television that the programs are just delivery vehicles for the advertising.’
    • ‘The implicit social connections that blog linking imply are public: they are there for anyone to see, and the individuals involved actively create those links with that in mind.’
    • ‘And it is that implicit possibility that gives depth to humor.’
    • ‘The official focus on the ageing question, with the implicit notion that people have a responsibility to reproduce a new generation of elder-carers, contributes to the instrumental view of parenthood.’
    • ‘Why, it even carries the implicit endorsement of the US Secretary of State.’
    • ‘The implicit question is whether this move can prod uncabled Australians out of their pay TV inertia and get subscription television's hoof in the door of more homes.’
    implied, indirect, inferred, understood, hinted, suggested, deducible
    inherent, latent, underlying, inbuilt, incorporated
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  • 2implicit inAlways to be found in; essentially connected with.

    ‘the values implicit in the school ethos’
    • ‘This view is so fundamentally flawed yet so implicit in the Australian mentality that it seems almost impossible to efface or even moderate.’
    • ‘Civil and political rights may constitute the condition for and thus be implicit in economic and social rights.’
    • ‘There are other assumptions implicit in the language used to describe community capacity and social capital.’
    • ‘What assumptions are implicit in these sorts of relationships between subjects and objects (computers)?’
    • ‘The notions of transaction and reciprocity-I do for you what you do for me-are also implicit in moral concepts like the golden rule, the social contract, and enlightened selfinterest.’
    • ‘For, as Bataille says, ‘it takes an iron nerve to perceive the connection between the promise of life implicit in eroticism and the sensuous aspect of death’.’
    • ‘In any case, whether or not our present lethal lack of cohesion can be attributed to the rise of multiculturalism, the moral relativism implicit in that view always made it a dubious position to hold.’
    • ‘One could dwell on the fact that it contains several inherent contradictions and that the numbers implicit in the proposals don't add up.’
    • ‘Scarcity is also implicit in anti-globalisation arguments against the development of global water markets.’
    • ‘Discourses reflect viewpoints that are implicit in social movements and cultural and political institutions in our society, and change as ideas and values shift.’
    • ‘This characteristic was implicit in the women's concerns for meeting basic human needs for their families and their description of making use of the resources in their environment.’
    • ‘This would also provide tremendous fodder for analysis of the social networks implicit in links.’
    • ‘The impression is that we are witnesses after the fact and once again we naturally construct a hypothetical narrative, its tragedy implicit in the necessarily tawdry ingredients.’
    • ‘Although used mainly in secular schools, this book calls for a searching inquiry into the political and social morality implicit in the American constitutional order.’
    • ‘While implicit in both the Generalized Model and social marketing models, this involves formative and summative evaluation.’
    • ‘In my view, efficiency is implicit in the concept of sustainability, which is ingrained in the bill's purpose and elsewhere.’
    • ‘Jung intuitively felt this pointed to an acausal archetypal order at the root of all phenomena which is responsible for the meaningfulness implicit in the coincidence of associated physical and mental events.’
    • ‘A legitimate value would have to be one implicit in the nature of legal reasoning itself.’
    • ‘It is only to say that his norms were not implicit in any notion of the ‘social’.’
    • ‘The contradictions implicit in this argument are fairly obvious.’
    inherent, intrinsic, incorporated, inseparable, inbuilt
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  • 3With no qualification or question; absolute.

    ‘an implicit faith in God’
    • ‘The quality of training programs was variable, but they always contained the implicit belief in the rightness of obedience to orders from those above, and the threat of dismissal if rules were not followed.’
    • ‘As truths, they are worthy of the most implicit faith that can be given to human testimony.’
    • ‘He has implicit faith in his advice so in spite of many people's doubts and reservations, it is now as successful and professional a partnership as there is on tour.’
    • ‘This modern young man has implicit faith in God.’
    • ‘I have further narrowed the field of important questions by following some implicit principles.’
    • ‘Her implicit faith in others allows her to approach Mateo without fear, rather than to cower away from him like the other inhabitants of the tenement.’
    • ‘How many times have you read those words, which have become a flippant phrase which contains a hint of both the scepticism and implicit faith we have in science?’
    • ‘The message was basic to the Victorian army: that systematic uniformity and implicit obedience were essential.’
    • ‘The young intelligentsia refuse to place implicit faith in God and begin to ask why and wherefore.’
    • ‘But if you agree to this, I'll need your complete, total, and implicit trust.’
    • ‘The patient has read a bit, is very anxious, and reaches the doctor most often imagining the worst and with implicit faith in this ‘worker of miracles’.’
    • ‘As Mom faced her illness, she did so in a spirit of fortitude based on an implicit faith and a godly life.’
    • ‘It was her sympathy, her love for him, and her implicit faith in him, which made the Prophet love her dearly.’
    • ‘My faith in prayers took an awful tumble that day, and I doubt whether implicit faith ever returned.’
    absolute, complete, entire, total, wholehearted, perfect, sheer, utter
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  • 4Mathematics
    (of a function) not expressed directly in terms of independent variables.

    • ‘Actually, since the domain of a function is usually implicit from context, putting the * in front of an extended function is slightly redundant and thus usually omitted.’
    • ‘This paper contains his famous deep implicit function theorem.’
    • ‘In figure 2b, the implicit function is plotted for different values of q.’
    • ‘The foundation for such an study is provided by the implicit function theorem, formulated below.’


Late 16th century: from French implicite or Latin implicitus, later form of implicatus ‘entwined’, past participle of implicare (see imply).