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What Is Infer? Definition And Usage Of This Term

WHAT IS INFER – In this topic, we will first know the definition of this term and how is this term used in sentences.



The Oxford Dictionary defines the term as the following:

  • deduce or conclude (information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements.

On the other hand, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines this term as the following:

  • to derive as a conclusion from facts or premises
  • to involve as a normal outcome of thought
  • to point out
  • suggest or hint


Here are the following synonyms of this term:

  • deduce
  • reason
  • work out
  • conclude
  • conjecture
  • surmise
  • theorize
  • hypothesize
  • gather


It is a late 15th century term from the Latin term inferre, which means  ‘bring in, bring about


Here are some of the examples:

  • May we infer deductively that they have been attained because of the increase of speculative transactions?
  • And from every experience they have had in their lives, we would be able to infer what was successful and what was not successful.
  • From this we may infer the limitation upon the width of the source of light, in order that the bands may be properly formed.
  • Nor is it unjust to infer that the sense of opposition provoked some of the Cynics to an overweening display of superiority.

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