An assumption or conclusion that is rationally and logically made, based on the given facts or circumstances. An inference is based off of facts, so the reasoning for the conclusion is often logical. "Before she was weighed at the gym, Jill made an inference about Susan's weight based on her knowledge of Susan's eating and workout habits." "Although the data was not conclusive, upon analysis he was able to come up with a reasonable inference that satisfied his boss and allowed them to move forward with the project."

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  • After watching the child play for 2 hours, the doctor made an inference about the child's mental health based the child's focus and ability to move certain objects.

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  • You could naturally make the inference that money grows on trees, were you to judge your belief based on how well our company did last year.

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  • Based on the given information about the cat, the vet made an inference that the cat had contracted a cold.

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