in·​fer·​en·​tial·​ly ˌin-fə-ˈren(t)-sh(ə-)lē How to pronounce inferentially (audio)
: by way of inference : through inference

Examples of inferentially in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This intersection can often be very inferentially fruitful. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 24 Jan. 2011 One study attributed higher mental functions to fish, presenting evidence that African cichlids can reason inferentially. Charlotte Hu, Discover Magazine, 31 July 2011 Last year, scientists inferentially detected the existence of 2D visual mental representations that fundamentally change vision science. Andrea Morris, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Comparisons will only happen after the fact, almost inferentially. Adam Rogers, Wired, 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use

1691, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inferentially was in 1691

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“Inferentially.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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: by way of inference : through inference
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