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Definition of implication noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 someone, in something, especially a crime synonym involvement He resigned after his implication in a sex scandal.
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