Conclusion vs Inferred - What's the difference?

conclusion | inferred |

As a noun conclusion

is the end, finish, close or last part of something.

As a verb inferred is

past tense of infer.



(en noun)
  • The end, finish, close or last part of something.
  • * Prescott
  • A flourish of trumpets announced the conclusion of the contest.
  • The outcome or result of a process or act.
  • A decision reached after careful thought.
  • * Shakespeare
  • And the conclusion is, she shall be thine.
    The board has come to the conclusion that the proposed takeover would not be in the interest of our shareholders.
  • *
  • With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions' are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound ' conclusions . Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you geth
  • (logic) In an argument or syllogism, the proposition that follows as a necessary consequence of the premises.
  • * Addison
  • He granted him both the major and minor, but denied him the conclusion .
  • (obsolete) An experiment, or something from which a conclusion may be drawn.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • We practice likewise all conclusions of grafting and inoculating.
  • (legal) The end or close of a pleading, e.g. the formal ending of an indictment, "against the peace", etc.
  • (legal) An estoppel or bar by which a person is held to a particular position.
  • (Wharton)


    * (end) beginning, initiation, start

    Coordinate terms

    * (in logic) premise




  • (infer)

  • infer



  • 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. [


    * assume, conclude, deduce, construe


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