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implicationnoun

uk /ˌɪm.plɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌɪm.pləˈkeɪ.ʃən/

C2 [ C or U ] an occasion when you seem to suggest something without saying it directly:

[ + that ] From what she said, the implication was that they were splitting up.
She accused the party and, by implication, its leader too.

C1 [ C usually plural ] the effect that an action or decision will have on something else in the future:

The company is cutting back its spending and I wonder what the implications will be for our department.
What are the implications of the new law?

C2 [ U ] an occasion when you suggest or show that someone is involved in a crime:

The case depended upon his implication of his co-workers in the fraud.

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(Definition of “implication” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"implication" in American English

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implicationnoun

us /ˌɪm·plɪˈkeɪ·ʃən/

[ C/U ] a suggestion of something that is made without saying it directly:

[ U ] The implication was that the workers and management had already reached an agreement.
[ C ] What are the implications (= possible effects) of the new regulations?

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A provision of the media law specified very broadly that media content may not cause offence, even by implication, to individuals, minorities or majorities.
In my opinion, a positive implication.
The implication in the rapporteur's report that this regulation may have been delayed because it was being used as a bargaining chip is very worrying.
I also voted in favour of keeping paragraph 9, declaring the end by 2010 of the direct production-linked subsidies for tobacco growing because of its implication for health issues.
Another implication of a correct strategy is that soft loans would not be linked to compulsory purchases in the donor country.
There is, incidentally, a very strong gender implication to the provision of energy, because of the tasks of women throughout the developing world.
The implication of this, of course, is that many projects which have been put into effect were not carried out efficiently enough.
I think the implication is that this is the case, that the word "commitment" should also appear in the merged text.
I also welcome the approach adopted by the rapporteur in his amendments, and in particular the implication that this initiative does not go far enough.

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