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 Dictionary entry overview: What does implicit mean? 

IMPLICIT (adjective)
  The adjective IMPLICIT has 2 senses:

1. implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something
2. being without doubt or reserve

  Familiarity information: IMPLICIT used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

IMPLICIT (adjective)

Sense 1implicit [BACK TO TOP]


Implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something


implicit; inexplicit

Context examples:

an implicit agreement not to raise the subject / there was implicit criticism in his voice / anger was implicit in the argument / the oak is implicit in the acorn


implicit in; inherent; underlying (in the nature of something though not readily apparent)

implied; silent; tacit; understood (indicated by necessary connotation though not expressed directly)

unexpressed; unsaid; unspoken; unstated; unuttered; unverbalised; unverbalized; unvoiced (not made explicit)


connotative (having the power of implying or suggesting something in addition to what is explicit)

covert (secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed)


explicitness (clarity as a consequence of being explicit)


explicit (precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication)

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Being without doubt or reserve


implicit; unquestioning

Context example:

implicit trust


absolute (perfect or complete or pure)

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