the act or process of inferring.
something that is inferred: to make rash inferences.
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.
- mis·in·fer·ence, noun
- pre·in·fer·ence, noun
- su·per·in·fer·ence, noun
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How to use inference in a sentence
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 | Michael Tomasky | April 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The findings are indeed fascinating, but Kudrna is careful not to allow any easy inferences.
“I think that certain things said by Mr. Malis are either unfair, incorrect, or draw inappropriate inferences,” he intoned.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Mollie King was photographed wearing 'Royal Blue' yesterday, and the Daily Mail is making inferences....If Mollie is Wearing 'Royal Blue', Does That Mean She is Dating Harry? | Tom Sykes | April 12, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Stung to the soul, Louis threw himself at her feet, to proclaim his innocence of all these inferences, before heaven and her.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
The practical inferences to be drawn from these facts regarding the value of soils are of the highest importance.Elements of Agricultural Chemistry | Thomas Anderson
There would have to be reservations in any inferences drawn from these figures.Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents | Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.
This doctrine is true and I hope that another year you will draw some practical inferences from it.Private Letters of Edward Gibbon (1753-1794) Volume 1 (of 2) | Edward Gibbon
On the contrasts of acts themselves, the reader will make his own remarks and inferences.The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2 | Egerton Ryerson
British Dictionary definitions for inference
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Cultural definitions for inference
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Other Idioms and Phrases with inference
see draw an inference.
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