Search Result for "surmise":
1. a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence;
[syn: guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal, speculation, hypothesis]
1. infer from incomplete evidence;
2. imagine to be the case or true or probable;
- Example: "I suspect he is a fugitive"
- Example: "I surmised that the butler did it"
[syn: suspect, surmise]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Surmise \Sur*mise"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Surmised; p. pr. & vb. n. Surmising.] To imagine without certain knowledge; to infer on slight grounds; to suppose, conjecture, or suspect; to guess. [1913 Webster] It wafted nearer yet, and then she knew That what before she but surmised, was true. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] This change was not wrought by altering the form or position of the earth, as was surmised by a very learned man, but by dissolving it. --Woodward. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Surmise \Sur*mise"\ (s[^u]r*m[imac]z"), n. [OF. surmise accusation, fr. surmettre, p. p. surmis, to impose, accuse; sur (see Sur-) + mettre to put, set, L. mittere to send. See Mission.] 1. A thought, imagination, or conjecture, which is based upon feeble or scanty evidence; suspicion; guess; as, the surmises of jealousy or of envy. [1913 Webster] [We] double honor gain From his surmise proved false. --Milton. [1913 Webster] No man ought to be charged with principles he actually disowns, unless his practicies contradict his profession; not upon small surmises. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. Reflection; thought. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] Syn: Conjecture; supposition; suspicion; doubt. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
surmise n 1: a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence [syn: guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal, speculation, hypothesis] v 1: infer from incomplete evidence 2: imagine to be the case or true or probable; "I suspect he is a fugitive"; "I surmised that the butler did it" [syn: suspect, surmise]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
100 Moby Thesaurus words for "surmise": account as, assume, assumption, axiom, be afraid, believe, blind guess, bold conjecture, conceive, conclude, conclusion, conjecture, consider, daresay, deduce, deem, divine, dream, esteem, estimate, expect, fancy, feel, feeling, gather, grant, guess, guesswork, have a hunch, have an idea, have an impression, have an inkling, have the idea, hold, hold as, hunch, hypothesis, hypothesize, imagine, infer, inference, judge, let, let be, look upon as, maintain, notion, opine, perhaps, postulate, postulation, postulatum, prefigure, premise, presume, presumption, presupposal, presuppose, presupposition, presurmise, pretend, proposition, provisionally accept, reckon, regard, repute, risk assuming, rough guess, say, sense, set down as, set of postulates, shot, speculate, speculation, stab, supposal, suppose, supposing, supposition, suspect, suspicion, take, take for, take for granted, take it, take to be, theorize, theory, thesis, think, trow, understand, understanding, unverified supposition, venture a guess, view as, ween, wild guess, working hypothesis