Implicature meaning

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The aspect of meaning that a speaker conveys, implies, or suggests without directly expressing. Although the utterance “Can you pass the salt?” is literally a request for information about one's ability to pass salt, the understood implicature is a request for salt.
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The process by which such a meaning is conveyed, implied, or suggested. In saying “Some dogs are mammals,” the speaker conveys by implicature that not all dogs are mammals.
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(pragmatics) An implied meaning that is not expressed directly.
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Origin of implicature

  • Coined by Paul Grice.

    From Wiktionary