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implication

noun
     
im‧pli‧ca‧tion W2
1 [countable usually plural] a possible future effect or result of an action, event, decision etc
implication of
What are the implications of these proposals?
This election has profound implications for the future of U.S. democracy.
consider/discuss/examine the implications
His talk will examine the wider implications of the Internet revolution.
2 [uncountable] a situation in which it is shown or suggested that someone or something is involved in a crime or a dishonest act [↪ implicate]
the implication of somebody (in something)
the implication of the former Chief of Staff in a major scandal
3 [uncountable and countable] a suggestion that is not made directly but that people are expected to understand or accept [↪ imply]:
They are called 'Supertrams', the implication being that (=which is meant to suggest that) they are more advanced than earlier models.
The law bans organized protests and, by implication, any form of opposition.

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