Definitions for Inferenceˈɪn fər əns, -frəns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•fer•enceˈɪn fər əns, -frəns(n.)

  1. the act or process of inferring.

  2. something that is inferred.

  3. Logic. the process of deriving from assumed premises either the strict logical conclusion or one that is to some degree probable. a proposition reached by a process of inference.

    Category: Philosphy

Origin of inference:

1585–95; < ML

Princeton's WordNet

  1. inference, illation(noun)

    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


  1. inference(Noun)

    The act or process of inferring by deduction or induction.

  2. inference(Noun)

    That which is inferred; a truth or proposition drawn from another which is admitted or supposed to be true; a conclusion; a deduction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inference(noun)

    the act or process of inferring by deduction or induction

  2. Inference(noun)

    that which inferred; a truth or proposition drawn from another which is admitted or supposed to be true; a conclusion; a deduction


  1. Inference

    Inference is the act or process of deriving logical conclusions from premises known or assumed to be true. The conclusion drawn is also called an idiomatic. The laws of valid inference are studied in the field of logic. Or inference can be defined in another way. Inference is the non-logical, but rational, means, through observation of patterns of facts, to indirectly see new meanings and contexts for understanding. Of particular use to this application of inference are anomalies and symbols. Inference, in this sense, does not draw conclusions but opens new paths for inquiry. In this definition of inference, there are two types of inference: inductive inference and deductive inference. Unlike the definition of inference in the first paragraph above, meaning of word meanings are not tested but meaningful relationships are articulated. Human inference is traditionally studied within the field of cognitive psychology; artificial intelligence researchers develop automated inference systems to emulate human inference. Statistical inference allows for inference from quantitative data.

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