Definition: deduce; conclude; N. inference
Definition: deduce; conclude; N. inference
Sentences Containing 'infer'
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Since the sound of the bell grows fainter as air is removed, we infer that there would be no sound if all the air were removed from the flask; that is to say, sound can not be transmitted through empty space or a vacuum.
If we knew all the laws of Nature, we should need only one fact, or the description of one actual phenomenon, to infer all the particular results at that point.
Perhaps we need only to know how his shores trend and his adjacent country or circumstances, to infer his depth and concealed bottom.
Nobody could infer the master mind in the top of that edifice from the edifice itself.
If those who have collected the prices of things in ancient times, therefore, had, during this period, no reason to infer the diminution of the value of silver from any observations which they had made upon the prices either of corn, or of other commodities, they had still less reason to infer it from any supposed increase of wealth and improvement.
It would be absurd, however, to infer from thence, that there are commonly in the market three score lambs for one ox; and it would be just as absurd to infer, because an ounce of gold will commonly purchase from fourteen or fifteen ounces of silver, that there are commonly in the market only fourteen or fifteen ounces of silver for one ounce of gold.
We may infer this from our frequent inability to predict whether or not an imported plant will endure our climate, and from the number of plants and animals brought from different countries which are here perfectly healthy.
We know that this instrument has been perfected by the long-continued efforts of the highest human intellects; and we naturally infer that the eye has been formed by a somewhat analogous process.
We may infer from all this that a nearly similar taste for beautiful colours and for musical sounds runs through a large part of the animal kingdom.
That the small size of the egg is a real case of adaptation we may infer from the fact of the mon-parasitic American cuckoo laying full-sized eggs.
And if, in every separate territory, hardly any idea can be formed of the length of time which has elapsed between the consecutive formations, we may infer that this could nowhere be ascertained.
When we see a species first appearing in the middle of any formation, it would be rash in the extreme to infer that it had not elsewhere previously existed.
But we continually overrate the perfection of the geological record, and falsely infer, because certain genera or families have not been found beneath a certain stage, that they did not exist before that stage.
If, then, we may infer anything from these facts, we may infer that, where our oceans now extend, oceans have extended from the remotest period of which we have any record; and on the other hand, that where continents now exist, large tracts of land have existed, subjected, no doubt, to great oscillations of level, since the Cambrian period.
We may infer from the frozen mammals and nature of the mountain vegetation, that Siberia was similarly affected.
Moreover, Dr. Gunther has recently been led by several considerations to infer that with fishes the same forms have a long endurance.
Nevertheless, some of the species, both of those found in other parts of the world and of those confined to the archipelago, are common to the several islands; and we may infer from the present manner of distribution that they have spread from one island to the others.
We may safely infer that Charles Island is well stocked with its own species, for annually more eggs are laid and young birds hatched than can possibly be reared; and we may infer that the mocking-thrush peculiar to Charles Island is at least as well fitted for its home as is the species peculiar to Chatham Island.
Let two forms have not a single character in common, yet, if these extreme forms are connected together by a chain of intermediate groups, we may at once infer their community of descent, and we put them all into the same class.
There is much difficulty in ascertaining how largely our domestic productions have been modified; but we may safely infer that the amount has been large, and that modifications can be inherited for long periods.
Judging from the past, we may safely infer that not one living species will transmit its unaltered likeness to a distinct futurity.
In vain, therefore, should we pretend to determine any single event, or infer any cause or effect, without the assistance of observation and experience.
There may be no reason to infer the existence of one from the appearance of the other.
But no man, having seen only one body move after being impelled by another, could infer that every other body will move after a like impulse.
From the order of the work, you infer, that there must have been project and forethought in the workman.
We never can have reason to _infer_ any attributes, or any principles of action in him, but so far as we know them to have been exerted and satisfied.
And could you not return again, from this inferred cause, to infer new additions to the effect, and conclude, that the building would soon be finished, and receive all the further improvements, which art could bestow upon it?
Consider the world and the present life only as an imperfect building, from which you can infer a superior intelligence; and arguing from that superior intelligence, which can leave nothing imperfect; why may you not infer a more finished scheme or plan, which will receive its completion in some distant point of space or time?
Here we mount from the effect to the cause; and descending again from the cause, infer alterations in the effect; but this is not a continuation of the same simple chain of reasoning.
As the universe shews wisdom and goodness, we infer wisdom and goodness.
As it shews a particular degree of these perfections, we infer a particular degree of them, precisely adapted to the effect which we examine.
But farther attributes or farther degrees of the same attributes, we can never be authorised to infer or suppose, by any rules of just reasoning.
Now, without some such licence of supposition, it is impossible for us to argue from the cause, or infer any alteration in the effect, beyond what has immediately fallen under our observation.
There is, I own, some difficulty, how we can ever return from the cause to the effect, and, reasoning from our ideas of the former, infer any alteration on the latter, or any addition to it.
It is only experience, which teaches us the nature and bounds of cause and effect, and enables us to infer the existence of one object from that of another.
Being then in a pleasant frame of mind (from which I infer that poisoning is not always disagreeable in some stages of the process), I resolved to go to the play.
"Then, pray tell me what it is that you can infer from this hat?"
You infer that she may have gone out to tell her sweetheart, and that the two may have planned the robbery."
It took no very great mental effort to infer that my Time Machine was inside that pedestal.
I was glad to infer, from these slight premises, that Mr. Micawber was doing well; and consequently was much surprised to receive, about this time, the following letter from his amiable wife.
Nothing had come of her zealous intervention; nor could I infer, from what he told me, that any clue had been obtained, for a moment, to Emily's fate.
Genetic equidistance has often been used to infer equal time of separation of different sister species from an outgroup.
This leads many scholars to infer that the unification occurred during the reign of Merkurios, who was described as the "New Constantine" by John the Deacon.
According to the prosecutors' office there is "strong evidence" that allow them to infer that these two young women participated in the murder of Luis Andrés Colmenares.
Some of these works infer user transportation modes from readings of radio-frequency identifiers (RFID) and global positioning systems (GPS).
There are at least two ways to infer this impact from data.
The other approach, "de novo" transcriptome assembly, uses software to infer transcripts directly from short sequence reads.
It is common to see serpentinites which contain talc, amphibole and chloritic minerals in small proportions which infer the presence of carbon dioxide in the metamorphic fluid.
These specifications are "formal" in the sense that they have a syntax, their semantics fall within one domain, and they are able to be used to infer useful information.
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sap - diminish; weaken; undermine the foundations of (a fortification); Ex. The element kryptonite sapped his strength.
dainty - delicate; delicately beautiful; fastidious; not easy to please; Ex. dainty movement/dress
outrage - act of extreme violence or viciousness; resentful anger; V: commit an outrage on; produce anger in; ADJ. outrageous: offensive
vanguard - forerunners; foremost position of an army; advance forces; foremost position in a trend or movement; CF. rearguard
notable - conspicuous; worthy of note; remarkable; important; distinguished; noted
ubiquitous - being everywhere; omnipresent; N. ubiquity
deign - condescend; stoop
libretto - text of an opera or oratorio; CF. book