il·​la·​tion i-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce illation (audio)
: the action of inferring : inference
: a conclusion inferred

Word History


Late Latin illation-, illatio, from Latin, action of bringing in, from inferre (past participle illatus) to bring in, from in- + ferre to carry — more at tolerate, bear

First Known Use

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of illation was in 1533

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Cite this Entry

“Illation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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