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Definition of implicit adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1implicit (in something) suggested without being directly expressed Implicit in his speech was the assumption that they were guilty. implicit criticism
  2. 2implicit (in something) forming part of something (although perhaps not directly expressed) The ability to listen is implicit in the teacher's role.
  3. 3complete and not doubted synonym absolute She had the implicit trust of her staff. compare explicit
adverb It reinforces, implicitly or explicitly, the idea that money is all-important. I trust John implicitly.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: implicit