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inferential

[in-fuh-ren-shuh l] /ˌɪn fəˈrɛn ʃəl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, by, or dependent upon inference.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Medieval Latin inferenti(a) inference + -al1
Related forms
inferentially, adverb
noninferential, adjective
noninferentially, adverb
uninferential, adjective
uninferentially, adverb
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Examples from the web for inferential
  • It allows us to squeeze inferential juice from incomplete prior knowledge of the state of nature.
  • Nevertheless, measuring the flow of genes among populations remains a powerful inferential tool in ecology.
  • Auditors use inferential statistics to draw conclusions about populations based on samples of data.
  • The role of mental models is portrayed with regard to problem solving and inferential thinking.
  • Two studies were conducted to determine whether this inferential error would also occur at the level of group activity.
  • At the inferential level, relational concepts are composed to form higher level concepts, and inferences are possible.
  • More sophisticated statistical procedures have been used to indicate the predictive and inferential validity.
British Dictionary definitions for inferential

inferential

/ˌɪnfəˈrɛnʃəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or derived from inference
Derived Forms
inferentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inferential
adj.

1650s, from Medieval Latin inferentia (see inference) + adj. suffix -al (1).

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