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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: implicatus, past participle of implicare; IMPLICATE

implicit

adjective
     
im‧pli‧cit
1 suggested or understood without being stated directly [≠ explicit]
implicit criticism/threat/assumption
Her words contained an implicit threat.
His statement is being seen as implicit criticism of the work of research laboratories.
2 formal forming a central part of something, but without being openly stated
implicit in
Confidentiality is implicit in your relationship with a counselor.
3 complete and containing no doubts
implicit faith/trust/belief
They had implicit faith in his powers.
implicitly adverb:
They believed implicitly in their own superiority.

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