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[ih-ley-shuh n]
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  1. the act of inferring.
  2. an inference; conclusion.
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Origin of illation

1525–35; < Late Latin illātiōn- (stem of illātiō) a carrying in, equivalent to Latin illāt(us) suppletive past participle of inferre to bring in, bear in (il- il-1 + lātus brought, earlier *tlātus; see tolerate) + -iōn- -ion
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  • The student has already seen that Maori is defective in particles of illation, comparison, and copulation.

    Grammar of the New Zealand language (2nd edition)

    Robert Maunsell

British Dictionary definitions for illation


  1. a rare word for inference
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Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin illātiō a bringing in, from Latin illātus brought in, from inferre to bring in, from in- ² + ferre to bear, carry
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