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Infer vs. Guess

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Inferverb

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

Guessverb

To reach a partly (or totally) unqualified conclusion.

Inferverb

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

Guessverb

To solve by a correct conjecture; to conjecture rightly.

‘He who guesses the riddle shall have the ring.’;

Inferverb

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

Guessverb

to suppose (introducing a proposition of uncertain plausibility).

‘That album is quite hard to find, but I guess you could try ordering it online.’;

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Inferverb

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

Guessverb

(colloquial) To think, conclude, or decide (without a connotation of uncertainty). Usually in first person: "I guess".

‘"I guess you were right." "What did he say?" "He guesses you were right."’; ‘"I guess I'll go to bed."’;

Inferverb

To bring on; to induce; to occasion.

Guessverb

(obsolete) To hit upon or reproduce by memory.

Inferverb

To offer, as violence.

Guessnoun

A prediction about the outcome of something, typically made without factual evidence or support.

‘If you don't know the answer, take a guess.’;

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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.’;

Guessverb

To form an opinion concerning, without knowledge or means of knowledge; to judge of at random; to conjecture.

‘First, if thou canst, the harder reason guess.’;

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.’;

Guessverb

To judge or form an opinion of, from reasons that seem preponderating, but are not decisive.

‘We may then guess how far it was from his design.’; ‘Of ambushed men, whom, by their arms and dress,To be Taxallan enemies I guess.’;

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.’;

Guessverb

To solve by a correct conjecture; to conjecture rightly; as, he who guesses the riddle shall have the ring; he has guessed my designs.

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Inferverb

reason by deduction; establish by deduction

Guessverb

To hit upon or reproduce by memory.

‘Tell me their words, as near as thou canst guess them.’;

Inferverb

draw from specific cases for more general cases

Guessverb

To think; to suppose; to believe; to imagine; - followed by an objective clause.

‘Not all together; better far, I guess,That we do make our entrance several ways.’; ‘But in known images of life I guessThe labor greater.’;

Inferverb

conclude by reasoning; in logic

Guessverb

To make a guess or random judgment; to conjecture; - with at, about, etc.

‘This is the place, as well as I may guess.’;

Inferverb

guess correctly; solve by guessing;

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

Guessnoun

An opinion as to anything, formed without sufficient or decisive evidence or grounds; an attempt to hit upon the truth by a random judgment; a conjecture; a surmise.

‘A poet must confessHis art 's like physic - but a happy guess.’;

Inferverb

believe to be the case;

‘I understand you have no previous experience?’;

Guessnoun

a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

Guessnoun

an estimate based on little or no information

Guessverb

expect, believe, or suppose;

‘I imagine she earned a lot of money with her new novel’; ‘I thought to find her in a bad state’; ‘he didn't think to find her in the kitchen’; ‘I guess she is angry at me for standing her up’;

Guessverb

put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation;

‘I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again’; ‘I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong’;

Guessverb

judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time);

‘I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds’;

Guessverb

guess correctly; solve by guessing;

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

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