implication noun

1 possible effect/result

ADJ. considerable, crucial, enormous, important, major, massive, strong | main | deeper, fundamental, profound | broad, far-reaching, wider discussing the broader implications of the medical plan | full Now they realized the full implications of the new system. | direct | clear, obvious | underlying | general | further | possible, potential | future, long-term | grave, serious | disturbing, frightening, ominous, sinister | adverse, damaging, negative | interesting | radical, revolutionary | practical These results have important practical implications. | commercial, constitutional, economic, educational, environmental, ethical, financial, ideological, legal, moral, philosophical, political, psychological, social the constitutional implications of a royal divorce | cost, health, policy, resource, safety, security, tax

VERB + IMPLICATION carry, have The emphasis on testing leads to greater stress among students and carries implications of failure. | grasp, realize, understand | assess, consider, examine, explore, ponder, study You need to consider the legal implications before you publish anything. | digest | discuss | explain | accept a society that fully accepts the implications of disability | reject | ignore

IMPLICATION + VERB arise Several interesting implications arise from these developments. | be involved Given the resource implications involved, the plan will have to be scaled down.

PREP. ~ about disturbing implications about the company's future | ~ for The research has far-reaching implications for medicine as a whole.

2 sth suggested but not said openly

ADJ. clear, obvious The implication is clear: young females do better if they mate with a new male. | possible His remark seemed to have various possible implications. | unspoken

VERB + IMPLICATION carry, have | understand | digest Brian paused for a moment while he digested the implications of this statement. | resent I resent the implication that I don't care about my father.

PREP. by ~ In refusing to believe our story, he is saying by implication that we are lying.