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implicit

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1  —as in:
not explicitly but implicitly
Definition not stated directly, but understood (or capable of being understood) from something else
  • "Did she explicitly promise?"
    "Well, I guess not explicitly, but nobody who was there could have missed the implicit promise."
implicit = understood (without having been directly said)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Though she did not mention him by name, her comments were clearly an implicit criticism of his policies.
  • implicit = understood (without having been directly said)
  • I think this was implicit in your suggestion, but I want to state it explicitly, so there is no doubt that we are on the same page.
  • implicit = understood (without having been directly said)
  • The Federal Government explicitly insures up to $250,000 deposited in any FDIC-insured bank, but there is also an implicit guarantee that institutions that are "too big to fail", will be supported in a crisis.
  • implicit = understood (without having been directly said)
  • Until Rachael told me to talk to a recruiter—implicitly arguing that she thought I could handle it—joining the Marines seemed as plausible as flying to Mars.
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy
implicitly = in a manner that is not stated directly, but is understood

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2  —as in:
implicit problem with the design
Definition exists as an inseparable part or characteristic
  • This risk is implicit in your plan. We can work to minimize the danger, but it cannot be eliminated.
implicit = exists as an inseparable part or characteristic
  • The policy helps to reduce the us-verses-them mentality that is implicit in human nature.
implicit = exists as an inseparable characteristic

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3  —as in:
I trust her implicitly.
Definition without question or doubt
  • Her team has implicit confidence in her decisions.
implicit = without question or doubt
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I trust her implicitly.
  • implicitly = without question or doubt
  • I have implicit trust in my parents.
  • implicit = without question or doubt
  • He knows, but he's paid more than enough to keep quiet; and besides, the Admiral trusts Cleaver implicitly.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • implicitly = without question or doubt
  • In all our hunting parties and adventures in different parts of the world, Quincey Morris had always been the one to arrange the plan of action, and Arthur and I had been accustomed to obey him implicitly.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • implicitly = without question or doubt
  • His gestures, his gait, his grizzled beard, his slightest and most indifferent acts, the very fashion of his garments, were odious in the clergyman's sight; a token implicitly to be relied on of a deeper antipathy in the breast of the latter than he was willing to acknowledge to himself.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
implicitly = without doubt

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Less commonly:
Another sense of the form implicitly is "without doubt or reserve" as in, "I trust Sue implicitly".

It is a more strongly stated sense of the more general meanings; e.g., "Sue implies trustworthiness," or "trustworthiness is inherent in Sue."
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