verb (used with object), in·ferred, in·fer·ring.
verb (used without object), in·ferred, in·fer·ring.
Origin of infer
Synonyms for infer
Although the claimed distinction has probably existed chiefly in the pronouncements of usage guides, and although the use of infer to mean “to suggest” usually produces no ambiguity, the distinction too has a long history and is widely observed by many speakers and writers.
Related Words for inferablefair, inclined, possible, feasible, reasonable, expected, acceptable, prone, subsequent, indirect, ensuing, verifiable, undeniable, unmistakable, obvious, irrefutable, conclusive, achievable, anticipated, attainable
Examples from the Web for inferable
Historical Examples of inferable
In the first place, mark what is inferable from the distribution of nebulæ.
Is it not inferable from this declaration that he then supposed him to be Booth?Assassination of Lincoln: a History of the Great Conspiracy
Thomas Mealey Harris
From this it seems to be inferable that a mere wish may be effective.The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions
In the first place, mark what is inferable from the distribution of nebul.Illustrations of Universal Progress
From some passages it is inferable that he considers the "presence of mind" to be everywhere needful.
verb -fers, -ferring or -ferred (when tr, may take a clause as object)
Word Origin for infer
1520s, from Latin inferre "bring into, carry in; deduce, infer, conclude, draw an inference; bring against," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + ferre "carry, bear," from PIE *bher- (1) "to bear, to carry, to take" (cf. Sanskrit bharati "carries;" Avestan baraiti "carries;" Old Persian barantiy "they carry;" Armenian berem "I carry;" Greek pherein "to carry;" Old Irish beru/berim "I catch, I bring forth;" Gothic bairan "to carry;" Old English and Old High German beran, Old Norse bera "barrow;" Old Church Slavonic birati "to take;" Russian brat' "to take," bremya "a burden"). Sense of "draw a conclusion" is first attested 1520s.