Definition of implicit adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪmˈplɪsɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈplɪsɪt//
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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 These assumptions are implicit in his writing.
  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.
  4. compare explicit
    Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French implicite or Latin implicitus, later form of implicatus ‘entwined’, past participle of implicare, from in- ‘in’ + plicare ‘to fold’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: implicit