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Meaning of inference

in•fer•ence

Pronunciation: (in'fur-uns, -fruns), [key]
— n.
  1. the act or process of inferring.
  2. something that is inferred: to make rash inferences.
    1. the process of deriving the strict logical consequences of assumed premises.
    2. the process of arriving at some conclusion that, though it is not logically derivable from the assumed premises, possesses some degree of probability relative to the premises.
    3. a proposition reached by a process of inference.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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