Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 526 (Latency)

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#526. Latency. Implication. -- N. {ant. 525} latency, inexpression[obs]; hidden meaning, occult meaning; occultness, mystery, cabala[obs], anagoge[obs]; silence &c (taciturnity) 585; concealment &c. 528; more than meets the eye, more than meets the ear; Delphic oracle; le dessous des cartes[Fr], undercurrent.

implication, logical implication; logical consequence; entailment.

allusion, insinuation; innuendo &c. 527; adumbration; "something rotten in the state of Denmark" [Hamlet].

snake in the grass &c. (pitfall) 667; secret &c. 533.

darkness, invisibility, imperceptibility.

V. be latent &c. adj.; lurk, smolder, underlie, make no sign; escape observation, escape detection, escape recognition; lie hid &c. 528.

laugh in one's sleeve; keep back &c. (conceal) 528.

involve, imply, understand, allude to, infer, leave an inference; entail; whisper &c. (conceal) 528.

[understand the implication] read between the lines.

Adj. latent; lurking &c.v.; secret &c. 528; occult; implied &c. v.; dormant; abeyant.

unapparent, unknown, unseen &c. 441; in the background; invisible &c. 447; indiscoverable[obs], dark; impenetrable &c. (unintelligible) 519; unspied[obs], unsuspected.

unsaid, unwritten, unpublished, unbreathed[obs], untalked of[obs], untold &c. 527, unsung, unexposed, unproclaimed[obs], undisclosed &c. 529, unexpressed; not expressed, tacit.

undeveloped, solved, unexplained, untraced[obs], undiscovered &c. 480a, untracked, unexplored, uninvented[obs].

indirect, crooked, inferential; by inference, by implication; implicit; constructive; allusive, covert, muffled; steganographic[obs]; understood, underhand, underground; delitescent[obs], concealed &c. 528.

Adv. by a side wind; sub silentio[Lat]; in the background; behind the scenes, behind one's back; on the tip of one's tongue; secretly &c. 528; between the lines.

Phr. "thereby hangs a tale" [As You Like It]; tacitum vivit sub pectore vulnus [Lat][Vergil]; where there's smoke, there's fire.