from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The act or process of deriving logical conclusions from premises known or assumed to be true.
- noun The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.
- noun Something inferred.
- noun Usage Problem A hint or suggestion.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The formation of a belief or opinion, not as directly observed, but as constrained by observations made of other matters or by beliefs already adopted; the system of propositions or judgments connected together by such an act in a syllogism—namely, the premises, or the judgment or judgments which act as causes, and the conclusion, or the judgment which results as an effect; also, the belief so produced.
- noun Reasoning from effect to cause; reasoning from signs; conjecture from premises or criteria; hypothesis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The act or process of inferring by deduction or induction.
- noun That which inferred; a truth or proposition drawn from another which is admitted or supposed to be true; a conclusion; a deduction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun uncountable The act or process of
inferringby deductionor induction.
- noun countable That which is
inferred; a truth or proposition drawn from another which is admitted or supposed to be true; a conclusion; a deduction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun 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
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Strictly speaking, the term inference, as applied to a product of thought, includes both the antecedent and consequent: but it is often used for the consequent to the exclusion of the antecedent.
In that sense of the term inference in which it is confined to the consequent, it may be said that --
He concludes this discourse of the vanity of the creature with this plain inference from the whole, That it is folly to think of making up
Whilst the premise of this inference is a negative evaluative statement, the conclusion is a proscriptive statement.
But beyond the borders of this experience, to a single step of inference, or what they call inference, both the religions of science and of culture obstinately refuse to go.
When Mom takes up a technology, be it Twitter (check the story, not the headline), social networking, texting or even (sorry Om) wireless network cards, the inference is that the technology has moved not just out of the early adopter crowd, but into the realm of everyone.
A clear inference is that most of the employees are not classroom teachers.
June 08, 2009 at 1: 22 AM i'm absolutely loving Sockso right now, the web inference is tremendous and it zips my albums for remote download, but I'll try this out as well on my backup pc.
The inference is that parents who spank are slobbering, snapping beasts living on the edge of insanity, ready at the slightest provocation to beat their kids.
My inference is looking pretty solid at this point.