- to think or infer without certain or strong evidence; conjecture; guess.
- to conjecture or guess.
- a matter of conjecture.
- an idea or thought of something as being possible or likely.
- a conjecture or opinion.
Origin of surmise
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Examples from the Web for surmises
Democratic money people are now, one surmises, mostly in the place where they want to see this happen.Michael Tomasky on Why Obama Shouldn’t Defend Gay Marriage (For Now)
March 24, 2012
"It is any one of four different possibilities that we are working on," Redstone surmises in the voicemail.Sumner's Witch Hunt
July 20, 2010
Keenan surmises that law enforcement, including the FBI, may be applying the same tactics in this case.An Ivy League Tragedy
John Connolly, Wendy Murphy
September 13, 2009
To this day he can not put a name to it; he surmises that it was Wapping.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
And she promptly reassured Madame Desagneaux with regard to her surmises.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
She was mistaken in her surmises, however, for Lisa was not a devotee.The Fat and the Thin
Brown thought and guessed and surmised, but guesses and surmises were fruitless.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
What am I to say—what am I to do, mother, if—if—your surmises be actually true?Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to infer (something) from incomplete or uncertain evidence
- an idea inferred from inconclusive evidence
Word Origin and History for surmises
early 15c., legal, "a charge, a formal accusation;" see surmise (v.). Meaning "inference, guess" is first found in English 1580s.