Infer vs Primer - What's the difference?

infer | primer |


In context|obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between infer and primer

is that infer is (obsolete) to introduce (a subject) in speaking, writing etc; to bring in while primer is (obsolete) first; original; primary.

As a verb infer

is to introduce (something) as a reasoned conclusion; to conclude by reasoning or deduction, as from premises or evidence.

As a noun primer is

an elementary textbook introducing a topic, or teaching basic concepts.

As an adjective primer is

(obsolete) first; original; primary.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

infer

English

Verb

(inferr)
  • To introduce (something) as a reasoned conclusion; to conclude by reasoning or deduction, as from premises or evidence.
  • * 2010 , "Keep calm, but don't carry on", The Economist , 7 Oct 2010:
  • It is dangerous to infer too much from martial bluster in British politics: at the first hint of trouble, channelling Churchill is a default tactic for beleaguered leaders of all sorts.
  • To lead to (something) as a consequence; to imply. (Now often considered incorrect, especially with a person as subject.)
  • *, II.3:
  • These and a thousand like propositions, which concurre in this purpose, do evidently inferre .
  • * Shakespeare
  • This doth infer the zeal I had to see him.
  • * Sir Thomas More
  • The first part is not the proof of the second, but rather contrariwise, the second inferreth well the first.
  • (obsolete) To cause, inflict (something) (upon) or (to) someone.
  • * 1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , VI.8:
  • faire Serena.
  • (obsolete) To introduce (a subject) in speaking, writing etc.; to bring in.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Full well hath Clifford played the orator, / Inferring arguments of mighty force.

    Usage notes

    There are two ways in which the word "infer" is sometimes used as if it meant "imply". "Implication" is done by a person when making a "statement", whereas "inference" is done to a proposition after it had already been made or assumed. Secondly, the word "infer" can sometimes be used to mean "allude" or "express" in a suggestive manner rather than as a direct "statement". Using the word "infer" in this sense is now generally considered incorrect. [http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000232.htm

    Synonyms

    * assume, conclude, deduce, construe

    Anagrams

    * ----

    primer

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An elementary textbook introducing a topic, or teaching basic concepts.
  • An elementary book for teaching children to learn the alphabet and to read, write and spell.
  • New Latin Primer (an introductory grammar, published 2008)
  • (biology) A single-stranded nucleic acid molecule required for the of a DNA molecule.
  • Any substance used to start a fire.
  • A small charge that burns furiously when given sufficient electrical current () that ignites the main combustable substances in explosives or ammunition.
  • A layer of paint designed to underlay a topcoat, used to enhance the adhesion and durability of the topcoat and help in protection of the surface.
  • A device used to circulate gasoline into the ignition chamber of an engine.
  • Adjective

    (-)
  • (obsolete) First; original; primary.
  • * Drayton
  • the primer English kings

    Derived terms

    * primer fine * primer seizin English heteronyms ----