Implied Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Implied, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Implied?

Somethings which are assumed to be so by the way of statements, circumstances, behaviour of individuals etc. Legally, its something which is known indirectly and understood from the expression.

History and Meaning of Implied

Implied refers to something that is not directly stated but can be inferred from actions, circumstances or statements. In legal terms, implied refers to something that is indirectly known and understood from the context of the situation.

The term "implied" has been used in legal documents dating back to the 16th century. It is a fundamental concept in contract law, where the terms of the agreement must be expressly stated, or they can be implied through custom, past dealings or the conduct of the parties.

Examples of Implied

  1. When you hire a contractor to build a house, it is implied that they will complete the work in a workmanlike manner.
  2. If you order food at a restaurant, it is implied that the food will be fresh and safe to eat.
  3. If you buy a product from a store, it is implied that the product will be fit for its intended purpose.

Legal Terms Similar to Implied

  • Express: the opposite of implied, meaning that something is directly stated.
  • Tacit: similar to implied, meaning that something is understood without being stated.
  • Inferred: means to draw a conclusion based on evidence or reasoning.