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 inferring
Kelly began the segment calling Nolan a “self radicalized” Muslim, inferring that his horrific crime was connected to Islam.
People were diverted at sight of this, inferring from the number of coffins the greatness of the spectacle.Quo Vadis|Henryk Sienkiewicz
These coins prove much and justify us in inferring a long continued coinage.The Danes in Lancashire and Yorkshire|S. W. Partington
All these facts are necessary in inferring the causes of the importance of Ottawa.Ontario Normal School Manuals: Science of Education|Ontario Ministry of Education