in·​fer·​en·​tial | \ ˌin-fə-ˈren(t)-shəl How to pronounce inferential (audio) \

Definition of inferential

1 : relating to, involving, or resembling inference
2 : deduced or deducible by inference

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Synonyms & Antonyms for inferential


a priori, deducible, deductive, derivable, inferable (also inferrible), reasoned



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Examples of inferential in a Sentence

there is only inferential evidence that the ancient site was used for celebrations of the summer solstice

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Now, Muñoz’s inferential datasets don’t convince every river researcher. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Too Much Engineering Has Made Mississippi River Floods Worse," 4 Apr. 2018 Use the analysis that is apt for answering a particular question—descriptive or inferential. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: How Tennis Can Improve Match Statistics," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of inferential

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inferential

Medieval Latin inferentia, from Latin inferent-, inferens, present participle of inferre

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in·​fer·​en·​tial | \ ˌin-fə-ˈren-chəl How to pronounce inferential (audio) \

Legal Definition of inferential

1 : relating to, involving, or resembling inference
2 : deduced or deducible by inference

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