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After I heard it twice in song lyrics ("Californication","The Adultress"): Is this a standing phrase? And while I have an approximate feeling what it means (almost "it's an axiom") - what is the exact meaning?

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    The passive form It's understood [that some assertion is true] means Everyone knows [that it's true] - often with the implication that it goes without saying (i.e. - people just know that it's true without needing to be told, or to discuss it). Jul 23 at 12:12
  • @FumbleFingers Agreed, however it is almost always used without any citation or justification and the underlying idea is often "it's my opinion". Jul 23 at 13:30
  • @PeterJennings: I can't accept that. Sure, occasionally a speaker might mean I know that, but nearly always it means anyone would know that. Perhaps with the caveat ...if they were aware of the full context within which we are speaking. And it's very rarely I think that... Perhaps you're conflating with It's my understanding that... Jul 23 at 13:41
  • @FumbleFingers Could we agree that it is ambiguous and depends on context? For example it's understood that grass is green is undoubtedly true (in most circumstances) but it's understood that John is a thief may be true or the beginnings of a slanderous lie. Jul 23 at 13:52
  • @PeterJennings I think in the sentence "it's understood that John is a thief" implies(The speaker is not sure, but think/know it to be the case, because he has been said so.
    – Sam
    Jul 23 at 14:23

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