# Inference vs Estimate - What's the difference?

inference | estimate |

## As nouns the difference between inference and estimate

is that inference is inference while estimate is a rough calculation or guess.

## As a verb estimate is

to calculate roughly, often from imperfect data.

# inference

## English

(wikipedia inference)

### Noun

• (uncountable) The act or process of inferring by deduction or induction.
• (countable) That which is inferred; a truth or proposition drawn from another which is admitted or supposed to be true; a conclusion; a deduction.
• #### Derived terms

* deductive inference * inductive inference * statistical inference

# estimate

## English

* (archaic)

### Noun

(en noun)
• A rough calculation or guess.
• (construction and business) A document (or verbal notification) specifying how much a job will probably cost.
• * {{quote-book, year=1928, author=Lawrence R. Bourne
• , title=Well Tackled! , chapter=3 citation , passage=“They know our boats will stand up to their work,” said Willison, “and that counts for a good deal. A low estimate from us doesn't mean scamped work, but just that we want to keep the yard busy over a slack time.”}}

#### Synonyms

* estimation * appraisal

#### Derived terms

* ballpark estimate

### Verb

• To calculate roughly, often from imperfect data.
• * {{quote-book, year=1965, author=Ian Hacking, title=Logic of Statistical Inference, passage=I estimate that I need 400 board feet of lumber to complete a job, and then order 350 because I do not want a surplus, or perhaps order 450 because I do not want to make any subsequent orders.
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• To judge and form an opinion of the value of, from imperfect data.
• * John Locke
• It is by the weight of silver, and not the name of the piece, that men estimate commodities and exchange them.
• * J. C. Shairp
• It is always very difficult to estimate the age in which you are living.

#### Synonyms

* appraise * guess

#### Derived terms

* estimable * underestimate * overestimate

### Anagrams

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