American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To conclude from evidence or premises.
- v. To reason from circumstance; surmise: We can infer that his motive in publishing the diary was less than honorable.
- v. To lead to as a consequence or conclusion: "Socrates argued that a statue inferred the existence of a sculptor” ( Academy).
- v. To hint; imply.
- v. To draw inferences.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bring in, on, or about; lead forward or advance; adduce.
- To form as an opinion or belief in consequence of something else observed or believed; derive as a fact or consequence, by reasoning of any kind; accept from evidence or premises; conclude.
- To bear presumption or proof of; imply.
- To conclude; reach a conclusion by reasoning.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To bring on; to induce; to occasion.
- v. obsolete To offer, as violence.
- v. obsolete To bring forward, or employ as an argument; to adduce; to allege; to offer.
- v. To derive by deduction or by induction; to conclude or surmise from facts or premises; to accept or derive, as a consequence, conclusion, or probability.
- v. obsolete To show; to manifest; to prove.
- v. draw from specific cases for more general cases
- v. reason by deduction; establish by deduction
- v. guess correctly; solve by guessing
- v. conclude by reasoning; in logic
- v. believe to be the case
- From Latin inferō. (Wiktionary)
- Latin īnferre, to bring in, adduce : in-, in; see in-2 + ferre, to bear; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Consequently, it is wrong to infer from the risk-free rate that there is no constraint on borrowing or that the rate of return on capital investment is negative.”
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“Perhaps inflation is the sort of thing that people don't talk to each other much about, and can't easily infer from the behavior of others.”
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