Definition of implicitly in English:



  • 1In a way that is not directly expressed; tacitly.

    ‘she implicitly suggested that he was responsible for the error’
    • ‘The writer is implicitly clearing Hodson of both crimes by showing that he was fulfilling his duty.’
    • ‘Implicitly, they also claim that something akin to a level playing field is now in place.’
    • ‘Firstly, we have to choose between living in the past or rebuilding the present and, implicitly the future.’
    • ‘She simply looked around her, implicitly inviting me to do the same.’
    • ‘The parallels to the US today are implicitly read between the lines.’
    • ‘Life doesn't have to be a series of eliminations, reductions, and sacrifices, he is implicitly telling us.’
    • ‘The theory was held, either explicitly or implicitly, by every thinker who believed in artistic truth.’
    • ‘Frequently, near to total submission is implicitly or explicitly demanded by the leader/leadership.’
    • ‘Part of the deal, either explicitly or implicitly, was that her daughter, Princess Shahnaz, would stay with her father in Iran.’
    • ‘Whenever a policy change is enacted or whenever the status quo remains, life and limb are implicitly valued.’
    • ‘The issue of female spectatorship was, implicitly, present in feminist film theory from the start.’
    • ‘Much of the analysis of graduate employment data explicitly or implicitly rests on assumptions of this sort.’
    • ‘Much of this research, either explicitly or implicitly, touches on the culturally constructed nature of infancy.’
    • ‘To clarify, I meant that, in associating the word man with these manly traits, maybe we implicitly exclude women.’
    • ‘Their presence is implicitly accounted for in the equations describing complex reaction mechanisms.’
    • ‘Generally they end up, at least implicitly, arguing for lower consumption for the mass of the population.’
    • ‘By implicitly accepting ethnic racism, the Metropolitan Police tacitly legitimises white racism.’
    • ‘Giving him a platform seems to be a way of implicitly giving him the thumbs-up.’
    • ‘The concept of the Way was probably entertained, explicitly or implicitly, by all vernacular societies.’
    • ‘This criterion implicitly requires a sound current account position.’
  • 2Without qualification: absolutely.

    ‘he trusted Sarah implicitly’
    • ‘I've taken a great deal of game with it and trust it implicitly.’
    • ‘She trusted him implicitly.’
    • ‘From the word go, they are implicitly generic.’
    • ‘At that level, both partners must use extreme caution and control, and each must implicitly trust the other.’
    • ‘Attendants (even midwives) are notoriously resistant to trusting the body implicitly.’
    • ‘Kant holds - and Hegel obviously agrees - that reason is implicitly universal.’
    completely, absolutely, totally, wholeheartedly, utterly, unconditionally, unreservedly, without reservation, without reserve, without qualification, one hundred per cent
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