verb (infers, inferring, inferred)[with object]
- Deduce or conclude (something) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements: [with clause]: from these facts we can infer that crime has been increasingMore example sentences
deduce, reason, work out, conclude, come to the conclusion, draw the inference, conjecture, surmise, theorize, hypothesize; gather, understand, presume, assume, take it, come to understand, glean, extrapolate, reckon; read between the lines; North American figure• archaic collect
- Rather, Matt is inferring it from all the talk of Social Security's problems starting in 2018.
- I shall now suggest five reasons for inferring God as their source or ground.
- This prejudice is inferred, and no evidence is required to enable a judge to consider it.
inferable (also inferrable)
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- A link does not itself constitute a specifically inferable opinion on what is being linked to.
- As larger numbers of DNA locations are deciphered more characteristics will be inferrable from DNA sequences.
- Whatever causality is, causal relations should be inferrable in everyday common sense settings.
late 15th century (in the sense 'bring about, inflict'): from Latin inferre 'bring in, bring about' (in medieval Latin 'deduce'), from in- 'into' + ferre 'bring'.
There is a distinction in meaning between infer and imply. In the sentence the speaker implied that the General had been a traitor , implied means that the speaker subtly suggested that this man was a traitor (though nothing so explicit was actually stated). However, in we inferred from his words that the General had been a traitor , inferred means that something in the speaker’s words enabled the listeners to deduce that the man was a traitor. The two words infer and imply can describe the same event, but from different angles. Use of infer to mean imply, as in are you inferring that I’m a liar? (instead of are you implying that I’m a liar? ), is an extremely common error.