Latin . inferō
infer ( third-person singular simple present , infers present participle , inferring simple past and past participle ) inferred
( transitive ) To introduce (something) as a reasoned conclusion; to conclude by reasoning or deduction, as from premises or evidence. [from 16th c.]
2010, "Keep calm, but don't carry on", The Economist, 7 Oct 2010:
It is dangerous to
infer too much from martial bluster in British politics: at the first hint of trouble, channelling Churchill is a default tactic for beleaguered leaders of all sorts.
( transitive ) To lead to (something) as a consequence; to imply. (Now often considered incorrect, especially with a person as subject.) [from 16th c.]
1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, , London: Essayes Edward Blount, , II.3:
OCLC 946730821 These and a thousand like propositions, which concurre in this purpose, do evidently
inferre [transl. some thing beyond patient expecting of death it selfe to be suffered in this life ] sonnent [… ]. Shakespeare
infer the zeal I had to see him. Sir Thomas More
The first part is not the proof of the second, but rather contrariwise, the second
inferreth well the first.
( obsolete ) To cause, inflict (something) or upon someone. to [16th-18th c.]
1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.8:
[… ] fled fast away, afeard / Of villany to be to her inferd [… ].
( obsolete ) To introduce (a subject) in speaking, writing etc.; to bring in. [16th–18th c.]
Full well hath Clifford played the orator, /
Inferring arguments of mighty force.
Usage notes Edit
There are two ways in which the word "infer" is sometimes used as if it meant "
imply". " Implication" is done by a person when making a " statement", whereas "inference" is done to a proposition after it had already been made or assumed. Secondly, the word "infer" can sometimes be used to mean " allude" or " express" in a suggestive manner rather than as a direct "statement". Using the word "infer" in this sense is now generally considered incorrect.  
Related terms Edit
(transitive) To conclude by reasoning or deduction, as from premises or evidence
, wnioskować dedukować Portuguese:
inferir (pt) Romanian:
motiva , (ro) deduce , (ro) infera (ro) Russian:
заключить (ru) ( pf zaključitʹ), ( сделать заключение sdelatʹ zaključenije), ( сделать вывод sdelatʹ vyvod), вывести (ru) ( pf vyvesti) Spanish:
inferir (es) Swedish:
sluta sig till Turkish:
anlam çıkarmak , (tr) anlamına gelmek , (tr) anlamak , (tr) mana çıkarmak , (tr) , manasına gelmek sonucunu çıkarmak
(intransitive) To draw a conclusion (by reasoning)
To imply: to have as a necessary consequence
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