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Deduce vs. Infer

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Deduceverb

(transitive) To reach a conclusion by applying rules of logic to given premises.

Inferverb

(transitive) To introduce (something) as a reasoned conclusion; to conclude by reasoning or deduction, as from premises or evidence.

Deduceverb

(obsolete) To take away; to deduct; to subtract.

‘to deduce a part from the whole’;

Inferverb

(transitive) To lead to (something) as a consequence; to imply. (Now often considered incorrect, especially with a person as subject.)

Deduceverb

To lead forth.

Inferverb

(obsolete) To cause, inflict (something) upon or to someone.

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Deduceverb

To lead forth.

‘He should hither deduce a colony.’;

Inferverb

(obsolete) To introduce (a subject) in speaking, writing etc.; to bring in.

Deduceverb

To take away; to deduct; to subtract; as, to deduce a part from the whole.

Inferverb

To bring on; to induce; to occasion.

Deduceverb

To derive or draw; to derive by logical process; to obtain or arrive at as the result of reasoning; to gather, as a truth or opinion, from what precedes or from premises; to infer; - with from or out of.

‘O goddess, say, shall I deduce my rhymesFrom the dire nation in its early times?’; ‘Reasoning is nothing but the faculty of deducing unknown truths from principles already known.’; ‘See what regard will be paid to the pedigree which deduces your descent from kings and conquerors.’;

Inferverb

To offer, as violence.

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Deduceverb

reason by deduction; establish by deduction

Inferverb

To bring forward, or employ as an argument; to adduce; to allege; to offer.

‘Full well hath Clifford played the orator,Inferring arguments of mighty force.’;

Deduceverb

conclude by reasoning; in logic

Inferverb

To derive by deduction or by induction; to conclude or surmise from facts or premises; to accept or derive, as a consequence, conclusion, or probability; as, I inferred his determination from his silence.

‘To infer is nothing but by virtue of one proposition laid down as true, to draw in another as true.’; ‘Such opportunities always infer obligations.’;

Inferverb

To show; to manifest; to prove.

‘The first part is not the proof of the second, but rather contrariwise, the second inferreth well the first.’; ‘This doth infer the zeal I had to see him.’;

Inferverb

reason by deduction; establish by deduction

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Inferverb

draw from specific cases for more general cases

Inferverb

conclude by reasoning; in logic

Inferverb

guess correctly; solve by guessing;

‘He guessed the right number of beans in the jar and won the prize’;

Inferverb

believe to be the case;

‘I understand you have no previous experience?’;

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