in·​fer·​en·​tial | \ ˌin-fə-ˈren(t)-shəl \

Definition of inferential

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

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



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

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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 \

Legal Definition of inferential

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

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