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English Dictionary: surmise by the DICT Development Group
3 results for surmise
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
    Synonym(s): guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal, speculation, hypothesis
  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"
    Synonym(s): suspect, surmise
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Surmise \Sur*mise"\, 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
            surmisses of jealousy or of envy.
                     [We] double honor gain From his surmise proved
                     false.                                                --Milton.
                     No man ought to be charged with principles he
                     actually disowns, unless his practicies contradict
                     his profession; not upon small surmises. --Swift.
      2. Reflection; thought. [Obs.] --Shak.
      Syn: Conjecture; supposition; suspicion; doubt.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.
               It wafted nearer yet, and then she knew That what
               before she but surmised, was true.         --Dryden.
               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.
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