inference inference  /ˈɪn fə rəns/

Definition(s):

  • (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

Derived Word(s)

Usage(s):

  1. I intended no such inference to be drawn.
  2. But he did it in utterly worldly terms, without Faulkner's taste for mythic inference or the basso profundo of his prose.
  3. The accepted generic term, hot pants, lends the style the leering inference of an adolescent joke.

News

  1. After closing arguments, Apple's fate in e-book antitrust case goes to judge

    "Word games," an "overreaching narrative" and a "case of inferences" were a few choice phrases used by attorney Orin Snyder Thursday in closing arguments for Apple in the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust, e-books price fixing case against the tech giant.        
    on June 21, 2013     Source: TechWorld

  2. City of Los Angeles wants a downtown soccer stadium, team to fill it | THE SIDELINE

    The City of Los Angeles wants to build a soccer stadium, and subsequently wants to land a Major League Soccer franchise to inhabit its new downtown digs. At least, that's the inference being taken from a recent community draft report seeking to elevate the city's collegiate and professional sports profile and bring tourism dollars downtown.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: MLS via Yahoo! Sports

Quotes

  1. At a book launch at the Royal Society, Dr Watson said: "To all those who have drawn the inference from my words that Africa, as a continent, is somehow genetically inferior, I can only apologise unreservedly." "That is not what I meant. More...
    on Oct 19, 2007 By: James Watson Source: Times Online

  2. "I think the election has to run its course," Pelosi said, adding: "I think that for all that I have said about respecting the will of the people that the inference to be drawn from that is that we have to continue the election in terms of...
    on Apr 1, 2008 By: Nancy Pelosi Source: Wall Street Journal Blogs (blog)

  3. "And instead they launch this all-out attack trying to take an inference out of President Clinton's words that no fair person could take," Rendell said.
    on Mar 23, 2008 By: Ed Rendell Source: AZ Central.com

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