Legal Definition and Related Resources of Inference

Meaning of Inference

A logical deduction made from approved fact. Martin v insurance company of North America, 460 P.2d 682, I Wash.App. 218. Such deductions are to be guided by common sense and common experience and more than a mere surmise or conjecture . An inference is different from a presumed fact in that the latter is one taken for granted and accepted as a result of human experience and general knowledge , while the former is a conclusion drawn from the proof or admission of circumstances which, by reason of the same human experience and knowledge, would naturally lead to it. In re Hopkins’ Will 72 N. Y.S. 415, 35 Misc. 702.

Inference Alternative Definition

A conclusion drawn by reason from premises established by proof

Synonyms of Inference


  • allusion
  • assumption
  • conclusio
  • conclusion
  • coniectura
  • conjecture
  • deduction
  • guess
  • guesswork
  • hint
  • hypothesis
  • illation
  • implication
  • impression
  • inkling
  • judgment
  • observation
  • postulate
  • postulation
  • postulatum
  • premise
  • presupposal
  • presupposition
  • speculation
  • supposal
  • supposition
  • surmise
  • suspicion
  • theorem
  • theory
  • thesis
  • understanding
  • Associated Concepts: evidentiary inference
  • favorable inference
  • legal inference
  • legitimate inference
  • presumptionforeign phrases: Expressa nocent
  • non expressa non nocent
  • Things expressed may be prejudicial; that which is not expressed will not

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Argument, Circumstantial Evidence, Conclusion, Conjecture, Corollary, Direct Evidence, Floor Plan Rule, Implication, Implied Notice, Pleading, Precatory Trust, Presumption, Presumption Of Continuance Of Life, Recent Possession, Resulting Trust, Rolled-up Plea, Scintilla Doctrine, Trust.

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Definition of Inference

The Canada social science dictionary [1] provides the following meaning of Inference: The logical process of moving from an indicator or observation to a conclusion or general rule.

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Notes and References

  • Drislane, R., & Parkinson, G. (2016). (Concept of) Inference. Online dictionary of the social sciences. Open University of Canada



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