imply
transitive verb (implied; implying) Etymology: Middle English emplien, from Anglo-French emplier to entangle — more at employ Date: 14th century 1. obsolete enfold, entwine 2. to involve or indicate by inference, association, or necessary consequence rather than by direct statement <
rights imply obligations
>
3. to contain potentially 4. to express indirectly <
his silence implied consent
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Synonyms: see suggest Usage: see infer

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(as a consequence), (by implication), , ,


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