Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of deriving logical conclusions from premises known or assumed to be true.
  • n. The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.
  • n. Something inferred.
  • n. Usage Problem A hint or suggestion: The editorial contained an inference of foul play in the awarding of the contract. See Usage Note at infer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or process of inferring by deduction or induction.
  • n. That which is inferred; a truth or proposition drawn from another which is admitted or supposed to be true; a conclusion; a deduction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of inferring by deduction or induction.
  • n. That which inferred; a truth or proposition drawn from another which is admitted or supposed to be true; a conclusion; a deduction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. Reasoning from effect to cause; reasoning from signs; conjecture from premises or criteria; hypothesis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • A conclusion that is based on and extends an observation. This can be of a generalizing or explanatory type.

    Eggen PD, Kauchak DP. Strategies for Teachers: Teaching Content and Thinking Skills

    April 22, 2007