implicit


implicit
implicit, virtual, constructive mean being such by correct or justifiable inference rather than by direct statement or proof.
Something is implicit (as opposed to explicit) which is implied (as by the words, acts, appearance, character, or methods of the person or thing concerned) but is not definitely stated or expressed
{

a good present behavior is an implicit repentance for any miscarriage in what is past— Spectator

}
{

the distinction between poetry and drama, which Mr. Archer makes explicit, is implicit in the view of Swinburne— T. S. Eliot

}
Something is virtual (as opposed to actual) which exists in essence or effect but is not ac-tually designated or recognized or put forward or regarded as such
{

his statement is a virtual confession

}
{

the virtual abdication of parents from their role as educators— Barclay

}
{

the dictator's constant associate and his virtual chief of staff— Buchan

}
Something is constructive (as opposed to manifest) which is inferred from a text, from known acts, or known conditions and which rests therefore on an interpretation of this text, these acts, or these conditions rather than upon direct statement or direct evidence
{

if the law explicitly gives a governor the right of removal of certain officials, he may claim the right to control and direct their official acts as a constructive power

}
{

a mere failure to obey the orders of the court may be interpreted by the judge as constructive contempt

}
{

an employer who confronts a foreman with an option of demotion or withdrawal from a foreman's union is guilty of a constructive discharge— B. F. Tucker

}
Analogous words: implied, suggested, intimated, hinted (see SUGGEST): inferred, deduced, gathered (see INFER)
Antonyms: explicit
Contrasted words: express, definite, specific (see EXPLICIT): expressed, voiced, uttered (see EXPRESS vb): stated, recited, recounted, described (see RELATE)

New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Implicit — Im*plic it, a. [L. implicitus, p. p. of implicare to entwine, entangle, attach closely: cf. F. implicite. See {Implicate}.] 1. Infolded; entangled; complicated; involved. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] In his woolly fleece I cling implicit. Pope.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • implicit — IMPLICÍT, Ă, impliciţi, te, adj. (Adesea adverbial) Care este inclus, conţinut în altceva (fără a mai fi exprimat direct); care se înţelege de la sine. – Din fr. implicite, lat. implicitus. Trimis de gall, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  Implicit ≠… …   Dicționar Român

  • implicit — im·plic·it /im pli sət/ adj: capable of being recognized though unexpressed: implied im·plic·it·ly adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • implicit — ► ADJECTIVE 1) implied though not directly expressed. 2) (implicit in) always to be found in. 3) with no qualification or question: implicit faith. DERIVATIVES implicitly adverb implicitness noun. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • implicit — 1590s, from M.Fr. implicite and directly from L. implicitus, later variant of implicatus, pp. of implicare (see IMPLICATION (Cf. implication)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • implicit — [adj] included without question, inherent, absolute accurate, certain, complete, constant, constructive, contained, definite, entire, firm, fixed, full, implicative, implied, inarticulate, inevitable, inferential, inferred, latent, practical,… …   New thesaurus

  • implicit — [im plis′it] adj. [L implicitus, pp. of implicare: see IMPLY] 1. suggested or to be understood though not plainly expressed; implied: distinguished from EXPLICIT 2. necessarily or naturally involved though not plainly apparent or expressed;… …   English World dictionary

  • implicit — 01. [Implicit] in his refusal to give Maureen Hoffman a promotion was an obvious prejudice against women working in management. 02. I trust Young Soo [implicitly], having dealt with him on numerous occasions, and having always found him to be… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • implicit — adj. 1) implicit in (implicit in the contract) 2) implicit that + clause (it is implicit in our agreement that she will be a partner) * * * [ɪm plɪsɪt] implicit that + clause (it is implicit in our agreement that she will be a partner) implicit… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • implicit — im|plic|it [ ım plısıt ] adjective * 1. ) not stated directly, but expressed in the way someone behaves, or understood from what they are saying: His suggestions may be seen as an implicit criticism of government policy. implicit in: This… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English