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1. The act of implicating or the condition of being implicated.
2. The act of implying or the condition of being implied.
3. Something that is implied, especially:
a. An indirect indication; a suggestion.
b. An implied meaning; implicit significance.
c. An inference. See Usage Note at infer.

im′pli·ca′tive adj.
im′pli·ca′tive·ly adv.
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Adj.1.implicative - tending to suggest or imply; "artifacts suggestive of an ancient society"; "an implicative statement"
connotative - having the power of implying or suggesting something in addition to what is explicit
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Meyer's work attends to the way that compositional decisions deflect implicative patterns in melodies, and to how the frustration or fulfilment of these patterns is processed by listeners?
Baird, decided at about the same time and involving constitutional rights implicative of familial relationships,(426) represent a new view of family - a view concerned with the constitutional rights of family members as separate individuals rather than as parts of a larger, holistic social unit.
He follows through some of the dominant patterns of the stories, nicely indicating that they are frequently linked to patterns of religious worship and, before focusing on the growing technical subtlety exemplified in a single story ('Die Postkarte', revised 1953), shows the 'development of [an] ironic, understated, implicative style' (p.
His case makes it appear that the philosophy and the biological theory are mutually implicative: The existentialist self implies the (postmodern) Darwinian story of humankind, and the Darwinian story implies the existential self as the evolutionary subject.
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Elaborate the implicative core of the theory in such a way that the multiple tests reduce the set of rival hypotheses (competing explanations) as much as possible.
For example, extremely brief tones, extremely dissonant tones, tones too distant in time from their implicative antecedents, or tones falling on an extremely weak part of the meter rarely create higher-level structures.
Do we need to examine the reverberation of war in order to make the soldier's experience meaningful, or is the examination of the soldier's role implicative enough?
(18) In balancing characters, Michael McCanles argues, Sidney draws on Aristotle's approach to virtues and vices as "always related in various forms of mutually implicative and exclusive opposition's": The Text of Sidney's Arcadian World (Duke U.
Consider the causal statement A, written in implicative form (Suppes, 1958):
It completely neglects the crucial asymmetry between confirmation, which involves an inference in the formally invalid third figure of the implicative syllogism (this is why inductive inferences are ampliative and dangerous and why we can be objectively wrong even though we proceed correctly), and refutation, which is in the valid fourth figure, and which gives the modus tollens its privileged position in inductive inference' (|1978~ p.
And just as Byron's hero smiles in pain, finds grief linked to mirth, or is torn between joy and apprehension, so Anne exults in what the narrator glosses at one point as 'the happiness of such misery, or the misery of such happiness'.(81) Her feelings typically evade the tidy categories of description for they are as mutually implicative as they are intense: 'It was agitation, pain, pleasure, a something between delight and misery'.