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Implicitly \Im*plic"it*ly\, adv.

  1. In an implicit manner; without reserve; with unreserved confidence.

    Not to dispute the methods of his providence, but humbly and implicitly to acquiesce in and adore them.

  2. By implication; impliedly; as, to deny the providence of God is implicitly to deny his existence.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1600, from implicit + -ly (2).


adv. In an implicit or implied manner.

  1. adv. without doubting or questioning; "I implicitly trust him"

  2. without ever expressing so clearly; "he implicitly assumes that you know the answer" [ant: explicitly]

Usage examples of "implicitly".

The mall, explicitly about aesthetics and economics, is also implicitly about ethics and politics.

The Egyptian priests taught, and the people seemed to have implicitly trusted the tale, that there was a long series of hells awaiting the disembodied souls of all who had not scrupulously observed the ritual prescribed for them, and secured the pass words and magical formulas necessary for the safe completion of the post mortal journey.

Some there were who, knowing both the enemy and the mountains, felt a cold chill within their hearts as they asked themselves how an army was to come through, but the greater number, from General to private, trusted implicitly in the valour of their comrades and in the luck of the British Army.

This is the one used implicitly in all of our discussions involving distance encountered to this point.

Brought up in a strict churchgoing protestant area, I soon refused to accept implicitly the teachings of the orthodox church, knowing that the Bible is only a collection of legends, translated and mistranslated many times.

The Piccaninnies, on their part, trusted implicitly to his honour, and their whole action of the night stands out in marked contrast to his.

These are sent back to the earth to perform certain special tasks which must be performed by souls which can be trusted implicitly by the spiritual groups.

Heretofore he would be more careful, would respect anything and everything as implicitly biotic and therefore potentially hazardous no matter how inert or inactive it might initially appear to be.

I praised the wisdom of the oracle, and kissed the Pythoness a score of times, promising that the cabala should be obeyed implicitly, adding that she had no need of being taught the science since she knew it as well as the inventor.

He said he was called Antonio after Antonio Correggio, and Rafael after Rafael da Urbino, and that those who omitted these names, or either of them, implicitly denied his possession of the qualities of both these great painters.

Although it was not recognized until much later, this implicitly enforced two mutually consistent approximations: that the width of the membrane in Figure 12.

But by exhibiting genuine nobility, she was implicitly making a strong case for the entire idea of a hereditary peerage with much power and responsibility, and making the new arrivals—Eliza included—seem like conniving arrivistes by comparison.

This gentleman, from the very beginning of my rise in the royal favour, had demonstrated the most lively friendship for me, of which he sought to persuade me by the strongest protestations, which, weak and credulous as I was, I implicitly believed, until one day that Henriette, availing herself of my being quite alone, let me into the secrets of my establishment and furnished me with a key to the assiduities of M.

My soldiers remain here under the command of one Jan, who obeys all my behests implicitly and without question, because he hates the Stadtholder as much as I do, and hath a father's murder to avenge against that tyrant, just as I have.

Beginning with cajolery, but failing in this with the saucy Columbine, who likes cajolers to be at least attractive and to pay a due deference to her own very piquant charms, the fierce humpbacked scoundrel passes on to threats of the terrible vengeance he will wreak upon her if she betrays him or neglects to obey him implicitly.