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1  —as in:
the implication is that...
Definition Something that follows from something else.
The thing that follows could be:
  • something suggested indirectly (not said directly)
  • something that can be concluded (often a logical consequence)
  • something that results from something else
  • I object to her implication that my work was sub-standard.
implication = something implied (said indirectly)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The King's subjects were required to swear to the legitimacy of the marriage and, by implication, to side with him rather than the Pope.
  • implication = logical result of that
  • The new policy has widespread legal and political implications.
  • implications = things that result from something else
  • Some worried that if a Bill of Rights was listed there would be an implication that other, unlisted rights were unprotected.
  • implication = indirect suggestion
  • I leave out everyone's name and I pause at the implication of this, knowing it's not good. Even though he is asking to be my husband, I don't know him enough to trust him completely.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • implication = something shown indirectly
  • Once the implications of what I was seeing on Mayor Undersee's television hit me, I made for the door and started down the hall.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • implications = consequences; or knowledge learned indirectly from
  • She halted for a moment, considering the question, before realizing the implications of what she was thinking.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • implications = things that logically follow from
  • "Ask him about the photograph," he said. ...
    Clayton knew by her expression that he had her attention but wasn't sure she understood the implications.
    ... "He was obsessed with you even though you'd never met... He hunted you down, ... to become part of your life. That's what dangerous stalkers do, Beth."
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • implications = things that can be concluded from knowing something else
  • I was speaking slowly, because I wanted to make sure I understood the implications of what Mom had just told me.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • implications = things that can be concluded from knowing something else
  • Not by word, or inference, or implication, not at any time whilst this remains to me!
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
implication = something suggested indirectly

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2  —as in:
Her implication in the crime
Definition involvement in or the suggestion that someone was involved in something — especially a crime
  • She is suspected of implication in three burglaries.
implication = involvement
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The fault clearly lies with the manufacturer, but we were implicated in the lawsuit because our company installed their equipment.
  • She implicated three additional classmates in the cheating scandal.
  • The case took a new turn with her implication of her boyfriend in the theft.
  • implication = accusation (suggestion that someone was involved in a crime)
  • I don't intend to implicate myself.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • implicate = suggest involvement in a crime by
  • Maria and Julia, and especially Maria, were so closely implicated in Mr. Crawford's misconduct, that she could not give his character, such as she believed it, without betraying them.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • implicated = involved
  • Very occasionally some person whom you had believed dead long since would make a ghostly reappearance at some public trial where he would implicate hundreds of others by his testimony before vanishing, this time forever.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • implicate = suggest involvement in a crime by
  • There was an aged handicraftsman, it is true, who had been a citizen of London at the period of Sir Thomas Overbury's murder, now some thirty years agone; he testified to having seen the physician, under some other name, which the narrator of the story had now forgotten, in company with Dr. Forman, the famous old conjurer, who was implicated in the affair of Overbury.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • implicated = found to be involved
  • He was implicated in that share-pushing fraud of Bennito's three years ago-we're sure of that though we can't prove it.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • implicated = involved or accused of involvement
  • It was easier to confess everything and implicate everybody.
    George Orwell  --  1984
implicate = suggest involvement in a crime by

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