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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The second aspect seems even more important: it warns against false generalisations and implicit assumptions.
▪ We begin interactions with an implicit assumption that other people determine and control their behaviour.
▪ It relates to two powerful but implicit assumptions in the messages of women's magazines.
▪ The implicit assumption is that investors can borrow and lend at the riskless rate of interest.
▪ The basic problem is that most methods make implicit assumptions about the way the brain is organized.
▪ The implicit assumption of the naive Phillips curve was that the expected rate of inflation was zero.
▪ The implicit assumption as to why this should be so is that questions of law are for the ordinary courts.
▪ Another weakness is the implicit assumption that underlying meaning can always be formulated in words.
▪ A wartime usefulness was found and implicit criticisms were not developed.
▪ In answer, one might presume that implicit justifications can exist to deal with implicit criticisms.
▪ This implicit justification also contains the seeds of its own implicit criticism.
▪ The important thing to remember is to have implicit faith in the instrument indications, ignoring any contrary physical sensations.
▪ Today few fund managers have such implicit faith in property as an inflation-proof investment.
▪ Is there not an implicit threat of legal proceedings in even the first demand for payment of a debt?
▪ The implicit threat of disease curtailed summer pleasures for the children of the polio years.
▪ Levy's statement could be understood as an implicit admission of guilt.
▪ Her implicit plan of action is to manage peo-ple in the same fashion she always has.
▪ In the case of the land-user, implicit discount rates tend to be very high, particularly for the disadvantaged.
▪ It has to be possible to produce spontaneously original sentences which are based on implicit rules which allow generalisation.
▪ Planning and reviewing should be implicit in any team meeting - as much as the actual activity.
▪ Sometimes these are clearly stated but more often than not they are implicit in attitudes and actions.
▪ The clause was criticized by some as giving implicit authority to the army to stage further coups should they be deemed necessary.
▪ The individual receives an implicit yield on money because of its convenience value as a means of payment.
▪ The very notion of development and change over time is contained within the notion of implicit and explicit aspects of attitudes.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Implicit \Im*plic"it\, a. [L. implicitus, p. p. of implicare to entwine, entangle, attach closely: cf. F. implicite. See Implicate.]

  1. Infolded; entangled; complicated; involved. [Obs.]

    In his woolly fleece I cling implicit.

  2. Tacitly comprised; fairly to be understood, though not expressed in words; implied; as, an implicit contract or agreement.

  3. Resting on another; trusting in the word or authority of another, without doubt or reserve; unquestioning; complete; as, implicit confidence; implicit obedience.

    Back again to implicit faith I fall.

    Implicit function. (Math.) See under Function.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, from Middle French implicite and directly from Latin implicitus, later variant of implicatus, past participle of implicare (see implication).


a. 1 implied indirectly, without being directly expressed 2 contained in the essential nature of something but not openly shown 3 Having no reservations or doubts; unquestioning or unconditional; usually said of faith or trust. 4 (context obsolete English) entangled, twisted together.

  1. adj. implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something; "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" [syn: inexplicit] [ant: explicit]

  2. being without doubt or reserve; "implicit trust" [syn: unquestioning]


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Usage examples of "implicit".

Francesca, superb in a gown of sea-green silk, drew all eyes, not just because of her lush curves but more so because of the radiant happiness glowing in her eyes, coloring her voice, implicit in her every gesture.

He must get on without any attempt to point out the morality of his work, which remains implicit altho it ought to be obvious.

Each of the 4 beats in a bar has an implicit intensity: beat 1 is the strongest, beat 3 is the next strongest and beats 2 and 4 are the weakest and similar to each other.

The worshipper of Brahma also has implicit Faith in what seems to us palpably false and absurd.

For instance, in the view of some critics, literary realism carries with it an implicit validation of conservative social structures: for others, the formal and metrical intricacies of the sonnet and the iambic pentameter are a counterpart of social stability, decorum, and order.

The Florida Supreme Court thus followed the advice implicit in the unanimous per curiam opinion: It applied the Florida legislative standard without trying to narrow it further so as to eliminate any possible equal-protection concerns.

General Denbigh had indulged his younger son too blindly and too fondly to expect that implicit obedience the admiral calculated to a certainty on, and with every prospect of not being disappointed, from his daughter.

The theory of massive resistance called for overwhelming white opposition to desegregation and carried the implicit threat of riots or other violent opposition if integration was forced by federal authorities.

When the motion was made for an address of thanks, couched in terms that savoured of the most implicit complaisance, approbation, and acquiescence in the measures which the crown had taken, the earl of Egmont, and some other anti-courtiers, affirmed, that such an address would be equally servile and absurd.

Comparing this simple cross with the reality of the hypercube which casts the shadow, we contemplate that our world is perhaps a pallid shadow of a higher reality, an implicit mystical message.

Papas sound of an era already history, Mark was drawn to the Douglas touch-dark humor, darker twists-even as the Nietzschean fury implicit in the music repelled him.

So, when we marched into the rice paddies on that damp March afternoon, we carried, along with our packs and rifles, the implicit convictions that the Viet Cong would be quickly beaten and that we were doing something altogether noble and good.

The ignorance of the Lombards in the state of Paganism or Christianity gave implicit credit to the malice and mischief of witchcraft, but the judges of the seventeenth century might have been instructed and confounded by the wisdom of Rotharis, who derides the absurd superstition, and protects the wretched victims of popular or judicial cruelty.

The devout polytheist, though fondly attached to his national rites, admitted with implicit faith the different religions of the earth.

It is, he that so swears, swears upon an implicit faith: for one reason against the articles of the prelates was, that they forced us to swear to the homilies that shall be set out.