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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR INFERS

It is not sense which perceives, but reason which infers them.

The Latin is illegitimate; and he infers that, therefore, the English is the same.

Stewart infers that Hume's doctrine is really favourable to theology.

I was not using that passage for the purpose for which he infers I did use it.

He observes a smell, he infers a cheese, he seeks and finds.

On no other evidence Mr. Gosse infers that he was laying Date of the Poem.

The labourer, he infers, should have the value which he creates.

The 'perhapses,' the 'we may supposes,' the 'we must infers' are countless.

This he infers from its nature and texture, and from its abundance.

He infers, if he does not actually say, that the fear of speed has nothing to do with his choice.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, from Latin inferre "bring into, carry in; deduce, infer, conclude, draw an inference; bring against," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + ferre "carry, bear," from PIE *bher- (1) "to bear, to carry, to take" (cf. Sanskrit bharati "carries;" Avestan baraiti "carries;" Old Persian barantiy "they carry;" Armenian berem "I carry;" Greek pherein "to carry;" Old Irish beru/berim "I catch, I bring forth;" Gothic bairan "to carry;" Old English and Old High German beran, Old Norse bera "barrow;" Old Church Slavonic birati "to take;" Russian brat' "to take," bremya "a burden"). Sense of "draw a conclusion" is first attested 1520s.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.