AskDefine | Define imply

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1 express or state indirectly [syn: connote]
2 suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic
3 have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers" [syn: entail, mean]
4 suggest that someone is guilty [syn: incriminate, inculpate]
5 have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail; "This decision involves many changes" [syn: involve] [also: implied]

User Contributed Dictionary






  1. To express in a suggestive manner rather than as a direct statement.
  2. To have as a necessary consequence.
  3. To suggest a logical inference.


Related terms


express suggestively
have as a consequence
suggest a logical inference

Extensive Definition

Implication can refer to:
Also, in linguistics, there are different specialized related notions:
  • Implicit can mean to imply indirectly, that is to not state it directly.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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