Definition of implicit in US English:



  • 1Implied though not plainly expressed.

    ‘comments seen as implicit criticism of the policies’
    • ‘It always maintains an implicit threat of violence.’
    • ‘The process of learning to read seems to involve both explicit and implicit learning.’
    • ‘Why, it even carries the implicit endorsement of the US Secretary of State.’
    • ‘And it is that implicit possibility that gives depth to humor.’
    • ‘Resource limitation is an implicit assumption of any competition hypothesis and should be tested.’
    • ‘The attention on young middle class protestors was far less direct but often implicit.’
    • ‘As subtle as implicit attitudes are, they can cause serious real-world damage.’
    • ‘Her earlier work exploited the tensions of flatness in paintings of punctures, protrusions and simple forms whose symbolic possibilities were always implicit.’
    • ‘It has always been implicit in television that the programs are just delivery vehicles for the advertising.’
    • ‘He conceded that such an inference would be only implicit.’
    • ‘Expanding debate and liberating speech is at least implicit in the mandate of any university governing body.’
    • ‘They may also be curtailed, with the explanation left implicit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The implicit presumption was always that politicised corrections for market failures would work perfectly.’
    • ‘There is an implicit question as to whether perfections are coherent such that they can exist in one person.’
    • ‘The implicit message is always the same: it is your capitalist (imperialist, racist, whatever) society that is the true enemy of the people.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The tradeoff I have described has always been implicit in the law, but it now may become explicit.’
    implied, indirect, inferred, understood, hinted, suggested, deducible
    inherent, latent, underlying, inbuilt, incorporated
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  • 2implicit inEssentially or very closely connected with; always to be found in.

    ‘the values implicit in the school ethos’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Civil and political rights may constitute the condition for and thus be implicit in economic and social rights.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What assumptions are implicit in these sorts of relationships between subjects and objects (computers)?’
    • ‘A legitimate value would have to be one implicit in the nature of legal reasoning itself.’
    • ‘This would also provide tremendous fodder for analysis of the social networks implicit in links.’
    • ‘One could dwell on the fact that it contains several inherent contradictions and that the numbers implicit in the proposals don't add up.’
    • ‘This view is so fundamentally flawed yet so implicit in the Australian mentality that it seems almost impossible to efface or even moderate.’
    • ‘There are other assumptions implicit in the language used to describe community capacity and social capital.’
    • ‘While implicit in both the Generalized Model and social marketing models, this involves formative and summative evaluation.’
    • ‘It is only to say that his norms were not implicit in any notion of the ‘social’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The contradictions implicit in this argument are fairly obvious.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In my view, efficiency is implicit in the concept of sustainability, which is ingrained in the bill's purpose and elsewhere.’
    inherent, intrinsic, incorporated, inseparable, inbuilt
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  • 3With no qualification or question; absolute.

    ‘an implicit faith in God’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As truths, they are worthy of the most implicit faith that can be given to human testimony.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘It was her sympathy, her love for him, and her implicit faith in him, which made the Prophet love her dearly.’
    • ‘But if you agree to this, I'll need your complete, total, and implicit trust.’
    • ‘The message was basic to the Victorian army: that systematic uniformity and implicit obedience were essential.’
    • ‘This modern young man has implicit faith in God.’
    • ‘I have further narrowed the field of important questions by following some implicit principles.’
    • ‘My faith in prayers took an awful tumble that day, and I doubt whether implicit faith ever returned.’
    • ‘As Mom faced her illness, she did so in a spirit of fortitude based on an implicit faith and a godly life.’
    • ‘The young intelligentsia refuse to place implicit faith in God and begin to ask why and wherefore.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    absolute, complete, entire, total, wholehearted, perfect, sheer, utter
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  • 4Mathematics
    (of a function) not expressed directly in terms of independent variables.

    • ‘This paper contains his famous deep implicit function theorem.’
    • ‘In figure 2b, the implicit function is plotted for different values of q.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).