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Meaning of “implication” in the English Dictionary

"implication" in British English

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implicationnoun

uk   us   /ˌɪm.plɪˈkeɪ.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, ​itsleader 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 ​itsspending and I ​wonder what the implications will be forourdepartment. 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 ​casedepended 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 (= ​possibleeffects) of the new regulations?
(Definition of implication from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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