What Does Implications Mean? | Definition & Examples

Implication is a noun that refers to the act of implying (i.e., suggesting something without explicitly stating it) and to something that is implied or suggested. It’s also used to refer to the act of implicating (i.e., proving someone’s involvement in a crime) and to the state of being implicated.

Implications is often used in academic writing to refer to the possible impact and influence of a study or to what conclusions can be drawn from a particular result.

Examples: Implication in a sentence
The lecturer made the implication that science was subjective.

The implications of this study for further research are discussed in the final chapter.

I resent the implication that my comment was facetious!

Clare’s implication in the crime was based on circumstantial evidence.

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Implications vs effects

‘Implications’ is often used interchangeably with ‘effects‘. However, they don’t mean the same thing.

  • Implications are the possible conclusions that can be drawn as a result of a cause or action.
  • Effects are the consequences or results of a cause or action.
Examples: Implications vs effects
This chapter considers the implications of this research for policy and practice.

This study examines the effects of long-term stress on memory.

The presidential scandal has major political implications.

Regular exercise has positive effects on the mind and body.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a synonym of ‘implication’?

There are numerous synonyms for the multiple meanings of implication.

Something implied The state of being implicated
Insinuation Condemnation
Intimation Incrimination


What is an antonym of ‘implication’?

There are numerous antonyms and near antonyms for the multiple meanings of implication.

Something implied The state of being implicated
Direct statement Absolution
Explicit statement Exoneration


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