Vocabulary Building: “IMPLICIT” – Meaning and Usage

In today’s video we’ll continue to expand our vocabulary and learn a new English word – “implicit.”

Let’s break it into parts and learn the word’s origin.

The root of the word – “plic” comes from Latin “plicare,” which means “to fold.”

Prefix “-im” means “in” or “inside.”

And suffix “-it” in English helps form an adjective.

And thus, the literal meaning is “that which is inside the folds.” Or, “hidden within the folds.”

When the meaning of something is implicit, it is “hidden from plain view.” In other words, it has to be proactively discovered.

And here is an example of how to use the word in a sentence:

“The company’s right to fire the employee without cause was implicit in the contract.”

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