I have heard the claim that a claim must be explicit by definition, but do not see any definition that supports this.
An example of how "implicit claim" is used from this Wikipedia page on Fear,_uncertainty_and_doubt.
All three implicit claims have been disputed, and some of their elements disproven, by environmental groups, consumer-protection groups, and the industry self-regulatory Better Business Bureau
I would have thoughts claims can be implicit, either in the case of a point assumed for an argument without being stated directly or a point being made that leads most people to the same conclusion without stating it directly.
Essentially I had thought any claim made that is not stated directly but implied would be an implicit claim. Is this incorrect?
In English can claims be implicit, or can they only be explicit?