inference


inference
in·fer·ence /'in-fə-rəns/ n
1: the act or process of inferring; specif: the act of passing from one proposition, statement, or judgment considered as true to another whose truth is believed to follow logically from that of the former
2: something inferred; esp: a proposition arrived at by inference see also permissive presumption at presumption
3: the premises and conclusions of a process of inferring

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

inference
I noun 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, presumption foreign phrases:
- Expressa nocent, non expressa non nocent — Things expressed may be prejudicial; that which is not expressed will not
II index conclusion (determination), conjecture, connotation, construction, generalization, hint, hypothesis, idea, innuendo, insinuation, intimation, mention (reference), presumption, reference (allusion), referral, signification, speculation (conjecture), suggestion, suspicion (uncertainty)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


inference
A conclusion arrived at by logically drawing on known facts — as in, if A and B are true, then C is.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


inference
n. A logical conclusion drawn from available facts; the process of arriving at such a conclusion.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


inference
In the law of evidence, a truth or proposition drawn from another that is supposed or admitted to be true. A process of reasoning by which a fact or proposition sought to be established is deduced as a logical consequence from other facts, or a state of facts, already proved or admitted.
A logical and reasonable conclusion of a fact not presented by direct evidence but which, by process of logic and reason, a trier of fact may conclude exists from the established facts. Inferences are deductions or conclusions that with reason and common sense lead the jury to draw from facts which have been established by the evidence in the case.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


inference
In the law of evidence, a truth or proposition drawn from another that is supposed or admitted to be true. A process of reasoning by which a fact or proposition sought to be established is deduced as a logical consequence from other facts, or a state of facts, already proved or admitted.
 
A logical and reasonable conclusion of a fact not presented by direct evidence but which, by process of logic and reason, a trier of fact may conclude exists from the established facts. Inferences are deductions or conclusions that with reason and common sense lead the jury to draw from facts which have been established by the evidence in the case.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

inference
n.
   a rule of logic applied to evidence in a trial, in which a fact is "proved" by presenting other "facts" which lead to only one reasonable conclusion-that if A and B are true, then C is. The process is called "deduction" or "deductive reasoning" and is a persuasive form of circumstantial evidence.
   See also: circumstantial evidence

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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