- 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
Related Words for inferencespresumption, conjecture, interpretation, supposition, assumption, reasoning, corollary, reading, guess, hint
Examples from the Web for inferences
Contemporary Examples of inferences
If I were you, I would be careful about drawing any inferences from that.Republicans Are Racists? No, It’s Just All a Big Coincidence
April 25, 2014
If there be in it any inferences which I may believe to be falsely drawn, I do not now and here, argue against them.Lincoln the Primitive Communicator? What He Can Teach Modern Politicians
Douglas L. Wilson
December 15, 2012
But Sheen's case is complicated by the inferences necessary to convict him.Anti-Semitic Celebrity Meltdowns
March 4, 2011
Historical Examples of inferences
Let us see how far these inferences from plain facts are borne out from his works.The Man Shakespeare
All inferences from experience, therefore, are effects of custom, not of reasoning7.
This intelligence is exclusive; and I leave you and your readers to draw their own inferences from it.The Mudfog and Other Sketches
My inferences are my own, but I shall be answerable for the facts.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
It is the inferences we draw from this fact that are different.Social Justice Without Socialism
John Bates Clark
1590s, from Medieval Latin inferentia, from Latin inferentem (nominative inferens), present participle of inferre (see infer).
see draw an inference.