Meaning of INFERENCE in English

/in"feuhr euhns, -freuhns/ , n.

1. the act or process of inferring.

2. something that is inferred: to make rash inferences.

3. Logic.

a. the process of deriving the strict logical consequences of assumed premises.

b. 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.

c. a proposition reached by a process of inference.

[ 1585-95; inferentia. See INFER, -ENCE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .