Definition of implication noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪmplɪˈkeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪmplɪˈkeɪʃn//
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  1. 1  [countable, usually plural] implication (of something) (for something) a possible effect or result of an action or a decision They failed to consider the wider implications of their actions. The development of the site will have implications for the surrounding countryside.
  2. 2  [countable, uncountable] something that is suggested or indirectly stated (= something that is implied) The implication in his article is that being a housewife is greatly inferior to every other occupation. He criticized the Director and, by implication, the whole of the organization.
  3. 3[uncountable] implication (of somebody) (in something) the fact of being involved, or of involving somebody, in something, especially a crime synonym involvement He resigned after his implication in a sex scandal.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘entwining, being entwined’): from Latin implicatio(n-), from the verb implicare, from in- ‘in’ + plicare ‘to fold’.Extra examples Given the resource implications involved, the plan will have to be scaled down. Her article attempts to draw out the implications of this argument. His remark seemed to have various possible implications. I resent the implication that I don’t care about my father. In refusing to believe our story, he is saying by implication that we are lying. Now they realized the full implications of the new system. Several interesting implications arise from these developments. The broader implications of the plan were discussed. The emphasis on testing leads to greater stress among students and carries implications of failure. The implication is clear: young females do better if they mate with a new male. The research has far-reaching implications for medicine as a whole. Their work addresses the implications of new technology. These results have important practical implications. You need to consider the legal implications before you publish anything. a society that fully accepts the implications of disability disturbing implications about the company’s future the constitutional implications of a royal divorce
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