[ˈɪnfəɹəns], [ˈɪnfəɹəns], [ˈɪ_n_f_ə_ɹ_ə_n_s]

Definitions of inference:

  1.   That which is inferred or deduced: conclusion: consequence. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2.   Inferential. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   Deduction; conclusion. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  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. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5.   The act of inferring; that which is inferred; deduction; conclusion. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6.   Conclusion; that which is contained or included or understood as a matter of course. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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. “ " 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
  2. 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
  3. So your remark was an inference from mine. ” – Melbourne House by Elizabeth Wetherell
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. So far the inference was correct. ” – Prisoners of Conscience by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  8. The inference is, however, that, since you have not asked for anything, you have been promised something. ” – The Puppet Crown by Harold MacGrath
  9. 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
  10. 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