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in·fer·ence

 (ĭn′fər-əns)
n.
1.
a. The act or process of deriving logical conclusions from premises known or assumed to be true.
b. The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.
2.
a. Something inferred.
b. Usage Problem A hint or suggestion: The editorial contained an inference of foul play in the awarding of the contract. See Usage Note at infer.

inference

(ˈɪnfərəns; -frəns)
n
1. the act or process of inferring
2. an inferred conclusion, deduction, etc
3. (Logic) any process of reasoning from premises to a conclusion
4. (Logic) logic the specific mode of reasoning used. See also deduction4, induction4

in•fer•ence

(ˈɪn fər əns, -frəns)

n.
1. the act or process of inferring.
2. something that is inferred.
3. Logic.
a. the process of deriving from assumed premises either the strict logical conclusion or one that is to some degree probable.
b. a proposition reached by a process of inference.
[1585–95; < Medieval Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inference - 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

inference

noun deduction, conclusion, assumption, reading, consequence, presumption, conjecture, surmise, corollary There were two inferences to be drawn from her letter.

inference

noun
A position arrived at by reasoning from premises or general principles:
Translations
إسْتِدْلال، إسْتِنْتاج
dedukcezávěr
følgeslutningslutning
ályktun
sonuç/anlam

inference

[ˈɪnfərəns] Ndeducción f, inferencia f
by inferencepor deducción
to draw inferencessacar conclusiones
to draw an inference from sthhacer una deducción de algo

inference

[ˈɪnfərəns] n
(= deduction) → conclusion f
to draw an inference from sth → tirer une conclusion de qch
the inference is that ... → on doit en conclure que ...
by inference → par déduction

inference

nSchluss (→ folgerung f) m; it has a tiny head and, by inference, a tiny braines hat einen winzigen Kopf und demzufolge ein winziges Gehirn; he said, by inference, that …implizit sagte er, dass …

inference

[ˈɪnfrns] ndeduzione f, illazione f

infer

(inˈfəː) past tense, past participle inˈferred verb
to judge (from facts or evidence). I inferred from your silence that you were angry.
ˈinference noun
References in classic literature ?
Knowing that his uncle did not die by violence, it may not have occurred to him, in the hurry of the crisis, that such an inference might be drawn.
But, in that early severity of the Puritan character, an inference of this kind could not so indubitably be drawn.
But if he put the inference by without a smile it was also without irritation.
Now, if to this consideration you superadd the official supremacy of a ship-master, then, by inference, you will derive the cause of that peculiarity of sea-life just mentioned.
I know not that any other author has hinted of the matter; but by inference it seems to me that the sturgeon must be divided in the same way as the whale, the King receiving the highly dense and elastic head peculiar to that fish, which, symbolically regarded, may possibly be humorously grounded upon some presumed congeniality.
Can anybody fall to make the inference what the practical result will be?
With Tuesday came the agreeable prospect of seeing him again, and for a longer time than hitherto; of judging of his general manners, and by inference, of the meaning of his manners towards herself; of guessing how soon it might be necessary for her to throw coldness into her air; and of fancying what the observations of all those might be, who were now seeing them together for the first time.
I felt the truth of these words; and I drew from them the certain inference, that if I were so far to forget myself and all the teaching that had ever been instilled into me, as--under any pretext--with any justification--through any temptation--to become the successor of these poor girls, he would one day regard me with the same feeling which now in his mind desecrated their memory.
He would doubtless discover it for himself, by a plain process of inference, before she said many words more, frame them as carefully as she might.
Inference clear as day in this region of suspicion, that Mr.
Pumblechook, as to a man whose appreciative powers justified the inference that he was equal to the time.
A dull mind, once arriving at an inference that flatters a desire, is rarely able to retain the impression that the notion from which the inference started was purely problematic.