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[in-fuh-ren-shuh l]
  1. of, pertaining to, by, or dependent upon inference.
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Origin of inferential

1650–60; < Medieval Latin inferenti(a) inference + -al1
Related formsin·fer·en·tial·ly, adverbnon·in·fer·en·tial, adjectivenon·in·fer·en·tial·ly, adverbun·in·fer·en·tial, adjectiveun·in·fer·en·tial·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of inferentially

  • Possy paused, inferentially transferring the question to his friend.

    When I Grow Up

    Richard E. Lowe

  • Playright is, inferentially, under like terms and conditions.

  • There had been no glaring scandal, but the fault was inferentially mine.

    The Book of Susan

    Lee Wilson Dodd

  • Inferentially he knows that the right of the case before him is with the widow.

    Quiet Talks on Prayer

    S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon

  • Miss Grimké, inferentially, dates her lynching somewhere in the decade of the nineties.

British Dictionary definitions for inferentially


  1. of, relating to, or derived from inference
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Derived Formsinferentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inferentially



1650s, from Medieval Latin inferentia (see inference) + adj. suffix -al (1).

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