Grammar Tips & Articles »

implicate, implicit - vocabulary

This article is about implicate, implicit - vocabulary — enjoy your reading!

1:16 min read
  Ed Good  —  Grammar Tips
Font size:


Implicate: to show to be also involved, usually in an incriminating manner, as in He was implicated in the crime; to imply as a necessary circumstance, or as something to be inferred or understood; to connect or relate to intimately; affect as a consequence, as in The malfunctioning of one part of the system implicates another part.

Federal prosecutors are investigating whether two contractors implicated in the bribery of former Rep. Randall "Duke" Cunningham supplied him with prostitutes and free use of a limousine and hotel suites, pursuing evidence that could broaden their long-running inquiry.

—Scot J. Paltrow “Prosecutors May Widen Congressional-Bribe Case” Wall Street Journal, April 27, 2006


Implicit: implied rather than expressed, as in an implicit understanding; unreserved and unquestioning, absolute, as in his implicit trust in his boss; potentially contained in, as in the danger implicit in the new venture.

Even more striking, Justice O'Connor all but invited the Administration to set up a military court to hear Hamdi's plea. That suggestion goes a bridge farther than even President Bush has dared. His controversial 2001 order establishing military tribunals to try enemy combatants specifically excluded U.S. citizens even though there is ample legal precedent for their use. The Court's ruling is also an implicit suggestion that the military is capable of adequately reviewing challenges brought by the Gitmo prisoners.

—“Terror and the Court” Wall Street Journal, June 29, 2004's section on Problem Words discusses implicit and explicitClick here for that discussion.

Rate this article:

Have a discussion about this article with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this article to your bibliography:


    "implicate, implicit - vocabulary." STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 22 May 2024. <>.

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Check your text and writing for style, spelling and grammar problems everywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Check your text and writing for style, spelling and grammar problems everywhere on the web!


    Free Writing Tool:

    Grammar Checker

    Improve your grammar, vocabulary, and writing -- and it's FREE!


    Are you a grammar master?

    Identify the sentence with correct use of the preposition 'over':
    A She sat over the edge of the cliff.
    B The bird flew over the trees.
    C He jumped over the fence.
    D The cat is sleeping over the bed.

    Improve your writing now:

    Download Grammar eBooks

    It’s now more important than ever to develop a powerful writing style. After all, most communication takes place in reports, emails, and instant messages.