Definition of implicitly in English:



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

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

    ‘he trusted Sarah implicitly’
    • ‘She trusted him implicitly.’
    • ‘At that level, both partners must use extreme caution and control, and each must implicitly trust the other.’
    • ‘Kant holds - and Hegel obviously agrees - that reason is implicitly universal.’
    • ‘Attendants (even midwives) are notoriously resistant to trusting the body implicitly.’
    • ‘I've taken a great deal of game with it and trust it implicitly.’
    • ‘From the word go, they are implicitly generic.’