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noun     implication pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually plural] a possible effect or result
    implication of:

    We need to consider the financial implications of these changes.

    have implications for:

    We believe that genetically modified crops will have serious implications for the environment.

    implication for:

    The economic implications for the steel industry will be far-reaching.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] something that you suggest is true, although you do not say it directly
    implication that:

    I resent the implication that my work is not thorough.

    by implication (=because an implication is contained in it):

    The report criticizes the department and, by implication, holds the manager responsible.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the fact of suggesting or showing that someone is involved in something illegal or morally wrong
    someone’s implication in something:

    the government’s implication in illegal arms trading

    the implication of senior officers in the affair



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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