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  • "It's my job to infer," insisted Horace Whaley.†   (source)
  • She would have liked to say that she knew with authority that Josie didn't have any vices, either, but she would only be making the same inference the rest of the world did when they met Josie: a pretty, popular, straight-A student who knew better than most the consequences of falling off the straight-and-narrow.†   (source)
  • Turning a look of mock shock on me, "You don't mean to infer that I talked too much!†   (source)
  • The address of the caller has already been inferred from his phone number and poured into the smart box's built-in RAM.†   (source)
  • The answer was not a simple one—or, more accurately, the simple answer would only raise further questions for Strigan, so I did not attempt to use it but instead began the whole story at the beginning and let her infer the simple answer from the longer, complex one.†   (source)
  • I could only infer that for some people, particularly women, marriage—even an unhappy one such as this—is an escape from even greater unhappiness.†   (source)
  • I inferred that Garrett had attempted a hunting trip vegetarian-style and found it difficult.†   (source)
  • A computer in the basement of the Langley headquarters selected random names at the touch of a key; this prevented a foreign agent from inferring anything from the name of the operation.†   (source)
  • Besides, you're inferring that's the, Devil out there.†   (source)
  • This practice of inferring the motivations and intentions of others is classic thin-slicing.†   (source)
  • All six of us were jammed into the car on our way to the Mid —Village Mall and Denise simply waited for a natural break in the conversation, directing her question toward the back of Babette's head, in a voice drained of inference.†   (source)
  • More than that he did not explain, but since then, I inferred much of what he just said.†   (source)
  • They can imply, infer, exaggerate, and use all manner of loose language.†   (source)
  • Most people would look at this correlation and infer an obvious cause-and-effect relationship.†   (source)
  • Cedric says, "I have big roommate problems," and Rob, at the far end of the table, eating an ice cream cone, slumped down in his chair, offers up a sly smile-closing off any inference that his roommate might not be joking-and Cedric returns the favor by smiling back.†   (source)
  • He could only have inferred that Tomas was working with the police!†   (source)
  • Everything else—the unofficial rules—you learn by observation, inference, or very cautious questioning of people you hope you can trust.†   (source)
  • His inference seemed to be that, me being a white Southerner, I was probably also a racist and a redneck.†   (source)
  • The powerful metaphors serve, it may be inferred, as a warning against the abuse of women, especially pregnant or nursing ones.†   (source)
  • Admitting to his ignorance of the real state of things in America—and inferring that this was no uncommon handicap in Parliament—he boldly proposed the repeal of every act concerning America since the incendiary Stamp Act of 1765.†   (source)
  • And we'll make wrong assumptions, draw incorrect inferences.†   (source)
  • He had a wife, but her presence seems to have been detected only by inference: A son named Jimmy turned up later in Smith's company, prompting his friends to conclude that the boy "must have come from somewhere.†   (source)
  • "You have to infer the whole dragon from the parts you can see and touch," the old people would say.†   (source)
  • Inductive inferences start with observations of the machine and arrive at general conclusions.†   (source)
  • I infer from the anechoic quality of his voice that he is speaking under a hush hood.†   (source)
  • Logic seemed to infer it was the latter, yet it nonetheless pained me to realize that her levity would be gone the moment she hung up the phone.†   (source)
  • You cannot see them or measure them; you can only infer them.†   (source)
  • I'm not ready to talk to you yet, the photographer of graves had said to him, from which he had inferred that she would have things to tell him later.†   (source)
  • We've been wondering if anybody knows...You see, if they found out about him —' I let him draw the inference himself.†   (source)
  • We cannot infer from an estimate of immediate needs, the extent of power it is proper to give the national government.†   (source)
  • The wolves of Wolf House Bay, and, by inference at least, all the Barren Land wolves who were raising families outside the summer caribou range, were living largely, if not almost entirely, on mice.†   (source)
  • The inference ...†   (source)
  • One of the inferences that could be drawn from the piece was that Bilbo had left to him very little time.†   (source)
  • They learned nothing, save for the inference that when the end had come the people had died tidily.†   (source)
  • Though we can only infer its existence, there must be a great civilization behind the Supervisor-and one that's known about man for a very long time.†   (source)
  • He could infer that the murder made her run out of the house.†   (source)
  • Given this background, one could infer, if one did not know it already, the general structure of Oceanic society.   (source)
    infer = figure out by reasoning
  • Then, pray tell me what it is that you can infer from this hat?   (source)
    infer = conclude by reasoning
  • "It is clearly inferred," replied the Prefect,   (source)
    inferred = concluded by reasoning
  • Show freely to the world, if not your worst, yet some trait whereby the worst may be inferred!   (source)
    inferred = guessed by reasoning
  • On the other hand, a penalty which, in our days, would infer a degree of mocking infamy and ridicule, might then be invested with almost as stern a dignity as the punishment of death itself.   (source)
    infer = suggest
  • But, in that early severity of the Puritan character, an inference of this kind could not so indubitably be drawn.   (source)
    inference = conclusion (reached by reasoning)
  • When such personages could constitute a part of the spectacle, without risking the majesty, or reverence of rank and office, it was safely to be inferred that the infliction of a legal sentence would have an earnest and effectual meaning.   (source)
    inferred = concluded
  • So yes, I infer from the deceased's wound that something narrow and flat caused his injury.†   (source)
  • I sighed impatiently—this was something I'd already inferred from the sign.†   (source)
  • You inferred that from what I was saying?†   (source)
  • My mind seemed well adapted to inferring the true meanings from tones and inflections.†   (source)
  • Observed, dreams could provide useful inferences.†   (source)
  • But I infer also that, in a taproom, others would be present.†   (source)
  • I first discovered him by inference from a strange series of events many years ago.†   (source)
  • I infer this from the nature of judicial power.†   (source)
  • From the configurations of food my mother set out, we kids had to infer the holidays.†   (source)
  • The first advantage can only be inferred if the exclusion is permanent.†   (source)
  • The rest is conclusive inference, probability above point nine nine.†   (source)
  • One ship in high ellipsoid over me, rising, inferred to be command ship.†   (source)
  • One inference was that this party was not as private as it seemed.†   (source)
  • What can you infer from that, Dr. Wah?†   (source)
  • To infer—it's what coroners do.†   (source)
  • Your inference is that he left a line behind, then replaced it with that new one—exhibit B, right there in your hand—replaced it when he got back to the docks.†   (source)
  • Premeditation must be inferred from the evidence— it must be seen in the acts and words of the human beings who have testified before you, in their conduct and conversation, and in the evidence brought to your attention.†   (source)
  • Or is that an inference?†   (source)
  • Jimmy was an edge-seeker, a palmist, inferring the future out of his own lined flesh, but he looked at his hand one day, according to my little brother, and it was blank.†   (source)
  • From their volatile entrance into the meadow, however, he inferred that they had been flushed from the trees by something—or someone—that had frightened them.†   (source)
  • I replied ....I have heard of a clergyman who upon some difficulty amongst his people, took a text from these words: "And they knew not what to do," from whence he drew this inference, that when a people were in such a situation, they do not know what to do, they should take great care that they do not do they know not what.†   (source)
  • Every waking minute that we are in the presence of someone, we come up with a constant stream of predictions and inferences about what that person is thinking and feeling.†   (source)
  • And you what, you infer all this from a little bitty talk in which I said practically nothing about him.†   (source)
  • And as these reasonings appear to fit the world of our sensations, we think we may infer that these reasonable beings have seen the same thing as we; thus it is that we know we haven't been dreaming.†   (source)
  • But you can suggest, you can make inferences, you can promise the consumer the experience of cit-rusy bits of real pulp—a glass of juice, a goblet brimming with partic-ulate matter, like wondrous orange smog.†   (source)
  • For example, if, from reading the hierarchy of facts about the machine, the mechanic knows the horn of the cycle is powered exclusively by electricity from the battery, then he can logically infer that if the battery is dead the horn will not work.†   (source)
  • We can infer that a chief executive who knows he must leave his office may have little interest in it.†   (source)
  • Deductive inferences do the reverse.†   (source)
  • The ship at J-City is the only one I can see; the other landings I conclusively infer from the ballistics shown by blip tracks.†   (source)
  • Could we infer from this regulation that a married woman could not get the approval of her relatives when conveying property of inferior value?†   (source)
  • Six transports landed, L-City under attack by troops, Hong Kong inferred to be, phone lines broken at relay Bee Ell.†   (source)
  • We can infer that the President and Senators, so chosen, will understand our national interests, whether as related to the States or foreign nations.†   (source)
  • Solution of problems too complicated for common sense to solve is achieved by long strings of mixed inductive and deductive inferences that weave back and forth between the observed machine and the mental hierarchy of the machine found in the manuals.†   (source)
  • Therefore, we may infer that a single man would most carefully study the motives that might plead for a mitigation of the rigor of the law.†   (source)
  • However, we cannot infer from this that the States should control all federal elections when it is not necessary or when it doesn't fulfill a greater good.†   (source)
  • We can infer one of two things.†   (source)
  • Remain silent on the subject; leave the definition of "necessary and proper" powers to interpretation and inference.†   (source)
  • This is inferred from several things: the nature of judicial power, its objects, the way it is exercised, its weakness, and its inability to support its usurpations by force.†   (source)
  • Well ....I don't know your first name, and you inferred that your last name isn't really 'Balsamo'—and I don't want to call you 'Doc.'†   (source)
  • He obviously had visited their lodgings at Yetta's after returning from the lab; I inferred this not only because of his reference to Morris Fink's outrageous tattle but because of his dress: he was decked out in his fanciest oyster-white linen suit, and heavy oval gold links sparkled on the cuffs of his custom-made shirt.†   (source)
  • I cannot demonstrate it, for it is only a feeling, an inference, an intuition, and I offer it only in that spirit.†   (source)
  • Given this, our client does not like the inferences that could be drawn from the incident, namely, that powerful, free-ranging creatures of this order of intelligence could become hostile to man.†   (source)
  • So at least I infer from reading LEAR or EMMA or LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU.†   (source)
  • He had, they inferred, been given to hellish practices.†   (source)
  • And the question is whether on the facts here proved an inference of that nature was rightly drawn.†   (source)
  • The slight inferences I permitted myself to make.†   (source)
  • So I inferred that Frazer was being recruited to the new party.†   (source)
  • The inference is that you should have starved genteelly and with pride.†   (source)
  • It would not even need a skull behind it; almost anonymous, it would only need vague inference of some walking flesh and blood desired by someone else even if only in some shadow-realm of make-believe.†   (source)
  • From this, Charles and Melanie could only infer that she took a profound pleasure in this occasional excitement, the only excitement in her sheltered life.†   (source)
  • How deeply Shakespeare himself was fascinated by the music of words can probably be inferred from the speeches of Pistol.†   (source)
  • Very likely he was as much surprised by his action and what it inferred and revealed as McEachern would have been.†   (source)
  • He used every tneane of provocation; from his conduct, step by step, there can be no inference except that he had determined upon a death by martyrdom.†   (source)
  • High against it they hand in narrowing circles, like the smoke, with an outward semblance of from and purpose, but with no inference of motion, progress or retrograde, We mount the wagon again where Cash lies on the box, the Jagged shards of cement cracked about his leg.†   (source)
  • From the true statement that this transcendental relation was intended to produce, and, if obediently entered into, too often will produce, affection and the family, humans can be made to infer the false belief that the blend of affection, fear, and desire which they call "being in love" is the only thing that makes marriage either happy or holy.†   (source)
  • I could see him moody, difficult, irritable perhaps, but not angry as she had inferred, not passionate.†   (source)
  • The inference was clear that if I didn't make time with Lucy Magnus it was from these same shortcomings.†   (source)
  • I hardly liked the inference.†   (source)
  • That would infer then that the garments were worn in secret, and therefore in all likelihood, at night.†   (source)
  • them and carry them, hollow fragile and without weight, back to the warehouse until they should be needed again; the pageant, the scene, the act, entering upon the stage—the magnolia-faced woman a little plumper now, a woman created of by and for darkness whom the artist Beardsley might have dressed, in a soft flowing gown designed not to infer bereavement or widowhood but to dress some interlude of slumbrous and fatal insatiation, of passionate and inexorable hunger of the flesh, walking beneath a lace parasol and followed by a bright gigantic negress carrying a silk cushion and leading by the hand the little boy whom Beardsley might not only have dressed but drawn—a thin delicate chil†   (source)
  • "An intention to kill," he says, "is an essential element in murder; but its existence may be inferred from the relevant circumstances.†   (source)
  • Suddenly I got the idea of what it was to hunt, not with a weapon but with a creature, a living creature you had known how to teach because you'd inferred that all intelligences from the weakest blink to the first-magnitude stars were essentially the same.†   (source)
  • I can see him corrupting Henry gradually into the purlieus of elegance, with no foreword, no warning, the postulation to come after the fact, exposing Henry slowly to the surface aspect—the architecture a little curious, a little femininely flamboyant and therefore to Henry opulent, sensuous, sinful; the inference of great and easy wealth measured by steamboat loads in place of a tedious inching of sweating human figures across cotton fields; the flash and glitter of a myriad carriage wheels, in which women, enthroned and immobile and passing rapidly across the vision, appeared like painted portraits beside men in linen a little finer and diamonds a littl†   (source)
  • I thought at once that it would infer my presence from the mark of the blow I had given him.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Archer smiled at this confirmation of her inference.†   (source)
  • Duane inferred just that from the interrupted remark.†   (source)
  • The nearest surgeon came in, but, as Jude had inferred, his presence was superfluous.†   (source)
  • C.H.' does stand for 'Charing Cross Hospital,' what further inferences may we draw?†   (source)
  • It took no very great mental effort to infer that my Time Machine was inside that pedestal.†   (source)
  • I inferred from your note that he might.†   (source)
  • There was but one sane inference: someone had taken a liberty rather gross.†   (source)
  • I think that I am fairly justified in my inferences.†   (source)
  • These things we are told, and in this record of ours we have proof by inference.†   (source)
  • I only quote this as a trivial example of observation and inference.†   (source)
  • Pearce caught the broader inference and laughed as if at a great joke.†   (source)
  • "Surely," replied Madeline; and she smiled at his inference.†   (source)
  • I am afraid, Holmes, that you are not very practical with your deductions and your inferences.†   (source)
  • Not by word, or inference, or implication, not at any time whilst this remains to me!†   (source)
  • But if he put the inference by without a smile it was also without irritation.†   (source)
  • "We have got to the deductions and the inferences," said Lestrade, winking at me.†   (source)
  • You are too timid in drawing your inferences.†   (source)
  • He makes, in silence, a host of observations and inferences.†   (source)
  • Bonacieux inferred from this "Ah" that the affair grew more and more intricate.†   (source)
  • The natural inference was, that he had sent to Dr. Flint a copy of those fragments.†   (source)
  • The thing is simply an inference of my own—an induction, as the philosophers say.†   (source)
  • The sight of the girl made her mother sad—not vaguely but by logical inference.†   (source)
  • Can anybody fall to make the inference what the practical result will be?†   (source)
  • From which I infer that you secretly think her manner equal to her looks?'†   (source)
  • The importance attached to the speedy and certain delivery of the paper may be inferred.†   (source)
  • 'You must be very much bored here?' was the inference he drew from the communication.†   (source)
  • She answered, wanting to check unintended consequences— "I spoke from inference only.†   (source)
  • "Certainly," replied he, surprized, "I do not absolutely know it; but it may be inferred.†   (source)
  • Knowing what I knew, I set up an inference of my own here.†   (source)
  • 'So I should have inferred,' said Mrs Merdle.†   (source)
  • They were all listening now, and of course there was somebody to be arch, or at any rate to draw the inference.†   (source)
  • He speaks slowly and with a touch of sarcasm; and as he does not at all affect the gentleman in his speech, it may be inferred that his smart appearance is a mark of respect to himself and his own class, not to that which employs him.†   (source)
  • If she had appeared to be catching a train, he might have inferred that he had come on her in the act of transition between one and another of the country-houses which disputed her presence after the close of the Newport season; but her desultory air perplexed him.†   (source)
  • The qualitative analysis give a quite normal condition, and shows, I should infer, in itself a vigorous state of health.†   (source)
  • Helen as well as he got Bo's inference to that last audacious epithet he had boldly called out as the train was leaving Las Vegas.†   (source)
  • Like all village girls, she was well grounded in the Holy Scriptures, and had dutifully studied the histories of Aholah and Aholibah, and knew the inferences to be drawn therefrom.†   (source)
  • "Another row with Cy," Carol inferred.†   (source)
  • And the accused doesn't get to see the court records either, and it's very difficult to infer what's in the court records from what's been said during questioning based on them, especially for the accused who is in a difficult situation and is faced with every possible worry to distract him.†   (source)
  • He had given me some reason to infer that it was his impatience of comparative poverty that drove him out there.†   (source)
  • There was a rather embarrassing two minutes under the lights of the lobby while the night clerk and a few belated guests stared at them curiously; the loudly dressed girl with bent head, the handsome young man with his chin several points aloft; the inference was quite obvious.†   (source)
  • If the name Wellington is not so much of a trumpet to the blood as the simpler name Nelson, the reason for this may perhaps be inferred from the above.†   (source)
  • But one phrase stuck in my memory and served as the nucleus about which I grouped my subsequent inferences: "Guess he's been in Starkfield too many winters."†   (source)
  • But taken all together and considered as a connected whole, they make such convincing proof of guilt that we are not able to escape from its force by any justifiable process of reasoning and we are compelled to say that not only is the verdict not opposed to the weight of evidence, and to the proper inference to be drawn from it, but that it is abundantly justified thereby.†   (source)
  • She was quick to divine from that the inference in his words—he suspected her of flirting with those ruffians, perhaps to escape him through them.†   (source)
  • Philip left Hayward to infer what in the passing scene had suggested these words to him, and it was a delight to know that he could safely leave the inference.†   (source)
  • This, moreover, was the opinion of the more serious people who, at one time or other, were mixed up in the Chagny case, who were friends of the Chagny family, to whom I showed all my documents and set forth all my inferences.†   (source)
  • At length Adelaida burst out laughing, apologized, and explained that they had come incognito; from which, and from the circumstance that they said nothing about the prince's either walking back with them or coming to see them later on, the latter inferred that he was in Mrs. Epanchin's black books.†   (source)
  • The inference was allowed.†   (source)
  • "He may not now," answered Hurstwood, doggedly, well understanding the inference; "but his life isn't done yet.†   (source)
  • Then with the inference came the staggering truth—her guiltlessness; and a paralyzing joy held him stricken.†   (source)
  • From the way he narrated that part I was at liberty to infer he was partly stunned by the discovery he had made—the discovery about himself—and no doubt was at work trying to explain it away to the only man who was capable of appreciating all its tremendous magnitude.†   (source)
  • LADY BRITOMART [rather taken aback by this inference] Oh no. To do Andrew justice, that was not the sort of thing he did.†   (source)
  • She caught the inference.†   (source)
  • But the general popularity that our Handsome Sailor's manly forwardness bred upon occasion, and his irresistible good-nature, indicating no mental superiority tending to excite an invidious feeling, this good will on the part of most of his shipmates made him the less to concern himself about such mute aspects toward him as those whereto allusion has just been made, aspects he could not fathom as to infer their whole import.†   (source)
  • Once or twice in the past he had been faintly disquieted by Zenobia's way of letting things happen without seeming to remark them, and then, weeks afterward, in a casual phrase, revealing that she had all along taken her notes and drawn her inferences.†   (source)
  • And the Morlocks made their garments, I inferred, and maintained them in their habitual needs, perhaps through the survival of an old habit of service.†   (source)
  • She drew back with a quick gesture of rejection, saying, in a voice that was a surprise to her own ears: "You are mistaken—quite mistaken—both in the facts and in what you infer from them."†   (source)
  • And then Oberwaltzer from his high seat finally instructing the jury: "Gentlemen—all evidence is, in a strict sense, more or less circumstantial, whether consisting of facts which permit the inference of guilt or whether given by an eyewitness.†   (source)
  • All the furniture being fixed, the books shelved, and the nails driven, he had begun to sit in his parlour during the dark winter nights and re-attempt some of his old studies—one branch of which had included Roman-Britannic antiquities—an unremunerative labour for a national school-master but a subject, that, after his abandonment of the university scheme, had interested him as being a comparatively unworked mine; practicable to those who, like himself, had lived in lonely spots where these remains were abundant, and were seen to compel inferences in startling contrast to accepted views on the civilization of that time.†   (source)
  • But sitting in front of him and taken by surprise by his dismissal, K. would be able easily to infer everything he wanted from the lawyer's face and behaviour, even if he could not be induced to say very much.†   (source)
  • XVIII Angel Clare rises out of the past not altogether as a distinct figure, but as an appreciative voice, a long regard of fixed, abstracted eyes, and a mobility of mouth somewhat too small and delicately lined for a man's, though with an unexpectedly firm close of the lower lip now and then; enough to do away with any inference of indecision.†   (source)
  • Philip left Hayward to infer what in the passing scene had suggested these words to him, and it was a delight to know that he could safely leave the inference.†   (source)
  • But his inference was lost upon Gulden.†   (source)
  • But the idealist subdued to vulgar necessities must employ vulgar minds to draw the inferences to which he cannot stoop; and it was easier for Lily to let Mrs. Fisher formulate her case than to put it plainly to herself.†   (source)
  • Is it, then, stretching our inference too far to say that the presentation was on the occasion of the change?†   (source)
  • This inference grew in a few minutes to sharp intensity and seemed bound up with the direct perception that it was positively HE who was.†   (source)
  • It was begun after you had left, and was an imitation of you, and in that diary she traces by inference certain things to a sleep-walking in which she puts down that you saved her.†   (source)
  • You infer that she may have gone out to tell her sweetheart, and that the two may have planned the robbery.†   (source)
  • My suspicions were all confirmed by his peculiar action in typewriting his signature, which, of course, inferred that his handwriting was so familiar to her that she would recognise even the smallest sample of it.†   (source)
  • "It is perhaps less suggestive than it might have been," he remarked, "and yet there are a few inferences which are very distinct, and a few others which represent at least a strong balance of probability.†   (source)
  • As easily might the tone of a delicate musical instrument be inferred from its case, as the tone of Mr. Tulkinghorn from his case.†   (source)
  • Mr. Pumblechook winked assent; from which I at once inferred that he had never seen Miss Havisham, for she was nothing of the kind.†   (source)
  • It is hardly fair to laugh at him, for I have known much more highly instructed persons than he make inferences quite as wide, and not at all wiser.†   (source)
  • If Lady Bertram, with all her incompetency and languor, could feel this, the inference of what her niece, alive and enlightened as she was, must feel, was elevating.†   (source)
  • The only thing which was clearly to be inferred from his attitude and his physiognomy was a strange indecision.†   (source)
  • "Hurry is handsome, father," said Hetty, with a simple emphasis, that she might have hesitated about using, had her mind been more alive to the inferences of others.†   (source)
  • SUPERNATURALIST
    With much delight I see the play,
    And grant to these their merits,
    Since from the devils I also may
    Infer the better spirits.†   (source)
  • Their road to this detached cottage was down Vicarage Lane, a lane leading at right angles from the broad, though irregular, main street of the place; and, as may be inferred, containing the blessed abode of Mr. Elton.†   (source)
  • Jasper had indeed returned from his duty above; and missing the canoes, he at once inferred that they had dropped round the next bend in the river, in order to get out of sight of the fire.†   (source)
  • After the specimens I have given of the tolerance of his department, it was natural enough for thoughtless people to infer that a play which overstepped his indulgence must be a very exciting play indeed.†   (source)
  • Luigi was incensed, and asked how it could be that the old gentleman, who was by no means dull-witted, held his trifling nephew's evidence in inferences to be of more value than Wilson's.†   (source)
  • 'I infer from what you said to your servant, that the floor above belongs to you, ma'am,' said Mr Nickleby.†   (source)
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