verb (used with object), in·ferred, in·fer·ring.
verb (used without object), in·ferred, in·fer·ring.
- infective embolism,
- infective endocarditis,
- inferential statistics,
Origin of 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.
Examples from the Web for inferred
Scheiber inferred that Jarrett “is the closest we have to a human decoder ring” capable of unveiling “the real Barack Obama.”Valerie Jarrett, Obama Consigliere—and Democracy Killer|James Poulos|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The same group of astronomers has also inferred a type of exoplanet that fits in between the rocky planets and the gas giants.
But a la the premise often inferred by Disney's Cool Runnings, can anybody do it?Is It Really That Easy to be an Olympic Bobsledder?|Kevin Fixler|January 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Indeed, neither conclusion can be inferred even from what Issacharoff quotes Olmert saying, but never mind.What Commentary Gets Wrong About Olmert-Abbas Negotiations|Bernard Avishai|May 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
By their stunned expressions, I inferred that I had accidentally said, “I hate puppies.”
From all this it may be inferred that Alice was just a little coquettish, and that verdict is no doubt true.Uncle Terry|Charles Clark Munn
The nature of the play may be inferred from the name of the place at which it takes place in one of the provinces—namely, Enfer.The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims|Andrew Steinmetz
Here the action and the physical objective are given, but the objective is left to be inferred.Sound Military Decision|U.s. Naval War College
Ill-fed, I inferred, they succumbed thus suddenly to the fearful cold.Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer|George Sturt (AKA George Bourne)
In regard to this, naturally it would be inferred that it was the same case with me.
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.