Meaning of “implication” in the English Dictionary

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"implication" in British English

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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.

More examples

  • Because of security implications the officers were tried in secret.
  • What are the implications of his report?
  • The implication of her claim is that the Minister lied to Parliament.
  • The incident has serious security implications.
  • It's not yet clear what the implications of the new legislation will be for small businesses.

(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?

(Definition of “implication” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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