Inference

[ˈɪnfəɹəns], [ˈɪnfəɹəns], [ˈɪ_n_f_ə_ɹ_ə_n_s]

Definitions of inference:

  1.   That which inferred; a truth or proposition drawn from another which is admitted or supposed to be true; a conclusion; a deduction.
  2.   The act of inferring; that which is inferred; deduction; conclusion.
  3.   Inferential.
  4.   A conclusion drawn from previous arguments; a truth or proposition drawn from another truth or proposition which has been admitted, or which is supposed to be true.
  5.   Deduction; conclusion.
  6.   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
  7.   The act of inferring a deduction or conclusion from evidence.
  8.   The act or process of inferring by deduction or induction.
  9.   Conclusion; that which is contained or included or understood as a matter of course.
  10.   That which is inferred or deduced: conclusion: consequence.

Quotes for inference:

  1. This fact immediately suggested a singular event- that at some time in the distant past the universe began expanding from an extremely small size. To many people this inference was loaded with overtones of a supernatural event- the creation, the beginning of the universe. – Michael Behe
  2. We may take it to be the accepted idea that the Mosaic books were not handed down to us for our instruction in scientific knowledge, and that it is our duty to ground our scientific beliefs upon observation and inference unmixed with considerations of a different order. – Asa Gray
  3. A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference – Thomas Jefferson
  4. We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy. – Richard M. Nixon
  5. There is no reasoning, no process of inference or comparison; there is no thinking about things, no putting two and two together; there are no ideas- the animal does not think of the box or of the food or of the act he is to perform. – Edward Thorndike

Usage examples for inference:

  1. Let me add, that a bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular; and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  2. “ Froude drew the inference that most people would, in the circumstances, have drawn. ” – The Life of Froude by Herbert Paul
  3. “ " A little like Captain Nat, his father," answered Jane, ignoring Lucy's last inference not so stout and-" " What's he doing?" ” – The Tides of Barnegat by F. Hopkinson Smith
  4. What is the inference to be drawn? ” – The Paradise Mystery by J. S. Fletcher
  5. There was a hint of laughter in his voice, a suggestion of mockery in the unspoken inference that he remembered the defeat of Lawler's candidate. ” – The Trail Horde by Charles Alden Seltzer
  6. The latter needs a not universal power of inference which the most sympathetic musical expert may entirely lack. ” – The Faith of the Millions (2nd series) by George Tyrrell
  7. Certainly your manner leads to that inference though his does not, by any means. ” – The Deserter by Charles King
  8. The inference has been that the maintenance of fertility requires the return to the land of all the manure that would result from feeding its crops on the farm. ” – Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement by Alva Agee
  9. So far the inference was correct. ” – Prisoners of Conscience by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  10. But it was an inference of their own. ” – Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church by Friedrich Bente
  11. The encouraging inference which you may draw from this in reference to your own case is that, since all intellectual men have had more than one pursuit, you may set off your business against the most absorbing of their pursuits, and for the rest be still almost as rich in time as they have been. ” – The Intellectual Life by =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  12. Her words, her looks, and her manner, on that unfortunate day when my mistress so far forget herself as to strike, her, came back dimly to my memory, and led to the inference that part of the motive, at least, of which I was in search, might be referred to what had happened on that occasion. ” – The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins Last Updated: January 3, 2009
  13. He told what the Embassy servant had said, and the inference to be drawn from it, the suspicions to be entertained- and there he stopped short. ” – The Pirates of Ersatz by Murray Leinster
  14. The natural inference was that Gantry and " the powers" had been finally forced to yield- that he had won his victory. ” – The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush by Francis Lynde
  15. The inference is that Penreath left his match- box in the dining room after lighting his candle before going to bed, and the murderer found it and took it into Mr. Glenthorpe's bedroom to point suspicion towards Penreath. ” – The Shrieking Pit by Arthur J. Rees
  16. The inference is, however, that, since you have not asked for anything, you have been promised something. ” – The Puppet Crown by Harold MacGrath
  17. So your remark was an inference from mine. ” – Melbourne House by Elizabeth Wetherell
  18. But it is only an inference positive proof we have none. ” – Beowulf An Introduction to the Study of the Poem with a Discussion of the Stories of Offa and Finn by R. W. Chambers
  19. Flood, however, may be taken in exception to this inference his father was a Chief Justice of the Irish King's Bench. ” – An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 by Mary Frances Cusack
  20. The girl's manner changed so absolutely that there could be but one inference she was acutely suspicious. ” – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon

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