Definition of Infer

1. Verb. Reason by deduction; establish by deduction.

Exact synonyms: Deduce, Deduct, Derive
Category relationships: Logic, Logical System, System Of Logic
Specialized synonyms: Extrapolate, Surmise, Elicit
Generic synonyms: Conclude, Reason, Reason Out
Derivative terms: Deduction, Deductive, Deductive, Deduction, Derivation, Inference

2. Verb. Draw from specific cases for more general cases.

3. Verb. Conclude by reasoning; in logic.
Exact synonyms: Deduce
Generic synonyms: Conclude, Reason, Reason Out
Derivative terms: Deducible, Deduction, Deductive, Deductive, Inference

4. Verb. Guess correctly; solve by guessing. "He guessed the right number of beans in the jar and won the prize"
Exact synonyms: Guess
Generic synonyms: Figure Out, Lick, Puzzle Out, Solve, Work, Work Out
Specialized synonyms: Tell
Derivative terms: Guesser

5. Verb. Believe to be the case. "They infer him to write the letter"; "I understand you have no previous experience?"
Exact synonyms: Understand
Generic synonyms: Believe

Definition of Infer

1. v. t. To bring on; to induce; to occasion.

Definition of Infer

1. Verb. (obsolete) To introduce (a subject) in speaking, writing etc.; to bring in. (defdate 16th-18th c.) ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To introduce (something) as a reasoned conclusion; to conclude by reasoning or deduction, as from premises or evidence. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To draw a conclusion or inference by reasoning. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

4. Verb. (context: transitive) To lead to (something) as a consequence; to imply. (Now often considered incorrect, especially with a person as subject.) (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

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Definition of Infer

1. to reach or derive by reasoning [v -FERRED, -FERRING, -FERS]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Infer

infer (current term)
inference rule
inference rules
inferential statistics

Literary usage of Infer

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Lectures on jurisprudence or the philosophy of positive law by John Austin (1885)
"VI ance of a sovereign government before a tribunal of its own, we cannot infer that the government lies under legal duties, or has legal rights against its ..."

2. Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin (1844)
"... justly due to every sin, because they are all and every one deserving of the indignation and vengeance of God. But it will be a weak argument to infer, ..."

3. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1904)
"But though the older cells are not dividing, there are many of them in which the cytoplasm at the outer end contains two nuclei, so that we infer that ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1843)
"... we shall probably infer, that the kingdom of Artaxerxes contained at least as great a number of cities, villages, and inhabitants. ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"It sera» reasonable to infer that Persians and Syrians derived the art oí FIG. 6.—Rece of pink silk brocaded in silver and white coloured silks. ..."

6. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"We must not infer from this, however, that in the Romanesque period, as in the preceding, it was monks and clerics who were the principal manufacturers of ..."

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