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Implication may refer to:

imply v 1: express or state indirectly [syn: {connote}] 2: suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic 3: have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers" [syn: {entail}, {mean}] 4: suggest that someone is guilty [syn: {incriminate}, {inculpate}] 5: have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail; "This decision involves many changes" [syn: {involve}] [also: {implied}]

121 Moby Thesaurus words for "imply": accuse, adumbrate, advert to, affect, allege, allegorize, allude to, approve, argue, arraign, article, assume, attest, be construed as, bespeak, betoken, bid fair, book, breathe, bring, bring accusation, bring charges, bring to book, bring to mind, call for, charge, cite, complain, comprise, connote, contain, demonstrate, denote, denounce, denunciate, display, drop a hint, entail, evidence, evince, exhibit, express, fasten on, fasten upon, finger, furnish evidence, give a hint, give indication of, give prospect of, give the cue, glance at, go to show, hang something on, hint, hint at, hold out hope, illustrate, impeach, implicate, import, impute, include, indicate, indict, infer, inform against, inform on, insinuate, intimate, involve, lay charges, lead to, lodge a complaint, lodge a plaint, make fair promise, make likely, manifest, mark, mean, mean to say, pin on, point indirectly to, point to, prefer charges, press charges, presume, presuppose, promise, prompt, put on report, raise expectation, refer to, report, reproach, require, set forth, show, show signs of, signal, signalize, signify, speak for itself, speak volumes, spell, stand fair to, stand for, subsume, suggest, suppose, symbolize, symptomatize, take, take for granted, take in, take to task, task, taunt with, tax, tell, tend to show, twit

Imply \Im*ply"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Implied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Implying}.] [From the same source as employ. See {Employ}, {Ply}, and cf. {Implicate}, {Apply}.] 1. To infold or involve; to wrap up. [Obs.] ``His head in curls implied.'' --Chapman. [1913 Webster] 2. To involve in substance or essence, or by fair inference, or by construction of law, when not include virtually; as, war implies fighting. [1913 Webster] Where a malicious act is proved, a malicious intention is implied. --Bp. Sherlock. [1913 Webster] When a man employs a laborer to work for him, . . . the act of hiring implies an obligation and a promise that he shall pay him a reasonable reward for his services. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster] 3. To refer, ascribe, or attribute. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Whence might this distaste arise? [1913 Webster] If [from] neither your perverse and peevish will. To which I most imply it. --J. Webster. Syn: To involve; include; comprise; import; mean; denote; signify; betoken. See {Involve}. [1913 Webster]


Infertility primarily refers to the biological inability of a person to contribute to conception. Infertility may also refer to the state of a woman who is unable to carry a pregnancy to full term.

infer v 1: reason by deduction; establish by deduction [syn: {deduce}, {deduct}, {derive}] 2: draw from specific cases for more general cases [syn: {generalize}, {generalise}, {extrapolate}] 3: conclude by reasoning; in logic [syn: {deduce}] 4: guess correctly; solve by guessing; "He guessed the right number of beans in the jar and won the prize" [syn: {guess}] 5: believe to be the case; "I understand you have no previous experience?" [syn: {understand}] [also: {inferring}, {inferred}]

84 Moby Thesaurus words for "infer": allegorize, allude to, analyze, apply reason, assume, be afraid, believe, bring to mind, collect, conceive, conclude, connote, consider, daresay, deduce, deduct, deem, derive, divine, dope, draw, draw a conclusion, draw an inference, dream, entail, expect, extract, fancy, feel, fetch, find, gather, generalize, glean, grant, guess, hint, hypothesize, imagine, implicate, imply, import, induce, insinuate, intellectualize, intimate, involve, let, let be, logicalize, logicize, mean, mean to say, opine, philosophize, point indirectly to, prefigure, presume, presuppose, presurmise, provide a rationale, provisionally accept, rationalize, reason, reason that, reckon, repute, say, suggest, suppose, surmise, suspect, syllogize, synthesize, take, take as proved, take for, take for granted, take it, take to be, theorize, think, understand, use reason

Infer \In*fer"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inferred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inferring}.] [L. inferre to bring into, bring forward, occasion, infer; pref. in- in + ferre to carry, bring: cf. F. inf['e]rer. See 1 st {Bear}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To bring on; to induce; to occasion. [Obs.] --Harvey. [1913 Webster] 2. To offer, as violence. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. To bring forward, or employ as an argument; to adduce; to allege; to offer. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Full well hath Clifford played the orator, Inferring arguments of mighty force. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To derive by deduction or by induction; to conclude or surmise from facts or premises; to accept or derive, as a consequence, conclusion, or probability; as, I inferred his determination from his silence. [1913 Webster] To infer is nothing but by virtue of one proposition laid down as true, to draw in another as true. --Locke. [1913 Webster] Such opportunities always infer obligations. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster] 5. To show; to manifest; to prove. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The first part is not the proof of the second, but rather contrariwise, the second inferreth well the first. --Sir T. More. [1913 Webster] This doth infer the zeal I had to see him. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • imply: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • imply: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • imply: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • infer: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • infer: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • infer: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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