- the process of deriving the strict logical consequences of assumed premises.
- the process of arriving at some conclusion that, though it is not logically derivable from the assumed premises, possesses some degree of probability relative to the premises.
- a proposition reached by a process of inference.
Origin of inference
Examples from the Web for inference
The inference that the child was treated as an equal in the community is unwarranted.
This is an example of abductive reasoning: an inference is made based on known facts, in an effort to explain them.
The reasoning task requires the mice to make an inference by exclusion.Are You Smarter Than a Mouse? Excerpt from Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power|Dan Hurley|January 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sen. Claire McCaskill said the “innuendo and inference” reminded her of Joe McCarthy.
The inference of “it” is that Burns himself wandered a painful distance down a suicidal path after being bullied in school.
Of the correctness of the inference from them, Lingard admits, 'we have no opportunity of judging.'Sir Walter Ralegh|William Stebbing
North and east of Tambov the original Ugrian population is no longer a matter of inference.The Ethnology of Europe|Robert Gordon Latham
Neither to the extent of the inference, nor therefore to the purpose designed, were any limits visible.Not Paul, But Jesus|Jeremy Bentham
This is done by conveying the inference that the only pure acetylsalicylic acid on the market is that known as Aspirin-Bayer.
Their morality is always an inference from these, never the forefront of their teaching.The Religious Experience of the Roman People|W. Warde Fowler
British Dictionary definitions for inference
Word Origin and History for inference
1590s, from Medieval Latin inferentia, from Latin inferentem (nominative inferens), present participle of inferre (see infer).
Culture definitions for inference
Idioms and Phrases with inference
see draw an inference.