Inferred vs Presumed - What's the difference?

inferred | presumed |

As verbs the difference between inferred and presumed

is that inferred is past tense of infer while presumed is past tense of presume.

As an adjective presumed is

appearing to be the most probable, often with some preparations starting to be made for it.




  • (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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  • (presume)
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • appearing to be the most probable, often with some preparations starting to be made for it.
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