adjective Etymology: Latin implicitus, past participle of implicare Date: 1599 1. a. capable of being understood from something else though unexpressed ; implied <
an implicit assumption
b. involved in the nature or essence of something though not revealed, expressed, or developed ; potential <
a sculptor may see different figures implicit in a block of stone — John Dewey
c. of a mathematical function defined by an expression in which the dependent variable and the one or more independent variables are not separated on opposite sides of an equation — compare explicit 4 2. being without doubt or reserve ; unquestioning <
an implicit trust
implicitly adverbimplicitness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • implicit — IMPLICÍT, Ă, impliciţi, te, adj. (Adesea adverbial) Care este inclus, conţinut în altceva (fără a mai fi exprimat direct); care se înţelege de la sine. – Din fr. implicite, lat. implicitus. Trimis de gall, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  Implicit ≠… …   Dicționar Român

  • implicit — im·plic·it /im pli sət/ adj: capable of being recognized though unexpressed: implied im·plic·it·ly adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • implicit — implicit, virtual, constructive mean being such by correct or justifiable inference rather than by direct statement or proof. Something is implicit (as opposed to explicit) which is implied (as by the words, acts, appearance, character, or… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • implicit — ► ADJECTIVE 1) implied though not directly expressed. 2) (implicit in) always to be found in. 3) with no qualification or question: implicit faith. DERIVATIVES implicitly adverb implicitness noun. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • implicit — 1590s, from M.Fr. implicite and directly from L. implicitus, later variant of implicatus, pp. of implicare (see IMPLICATION (Cf. implication)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • implicit — [im plis′it] adj. [L implicitus, pp. of implicare: see IMPLY] 1. suggested or to be understood though not plainly expressed; implied: distinguished from EXPLICIT 2. necessarily or naturally involved though not plainly apparent or expressed;… …   English World dictionary

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  • implicit — im|plic|it [ ım plısıt ] adjective * 1. ) not stated directly, but expressed in the way someone behaves, or understood from what they are saying: His suggestions may be seen as an implicit criticism of government policy. implicit in: This… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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