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1. The act of inferring or drawing conclusions.
2. A conclusion drawn; a deduction. Also called illative.

[Late Latin illātiō, illātiōn-, from Latin illātus, past participle of īnferre, to carry in, infer : in-, in; see in-2 + lātus, brought; see telə- in Indo-European roots.]


(Logic) a rare word for inference
[C16: from Late Latin illātiō a bringing in, from Latin illātus brought in, from inferre to bring in, from in-2 + ferre to bear, carry]


(ɪˈleɪ ʃən)

1. the act of inferring.
2. an inference; conclusion.
[1525–35; < Latin illātiō act of bringing in, derivative (with -tiō -tion) of inferre to bear in (past participle illātus); see infer]


the process of inferring or deducing; also, that which is inferred or deduced. — illative, adj.
See also: Thinking
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.illation - the reasoning involved in drawing a conclusion or making a logical judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence and prior conclusions rather than on the basis of direct observation
abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning - thinking that is coherent and logical
analogy - an inference that if things agree in some respects they probably agree in others
corollary - (logic) an inference that follows directly from the proof of another proposition
derivation - a line of reasoning that shows how a conclusion follows logically from accepted propositions
entailment, implication, deduction - something that is inferred (deduced or entailed or implied); "his resignation had political implications"
extrapolation - an inference about the future (or about some hypothetical situation) based on known facts and observations
presumption - (law) an inference of the truth of a fact from other facts proved or admitted or judicially noticed


A position arrived at by reasoning from premises or general principles:
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