surmise

[v. ser-mahyz; n. ser-mahyz, sur-mahyz]
verb (used with object), surmised, surmising.
1.
to think or infer without certain or strong evidence; conjecture; guess.
verb (used without object), surmised, surmising.
2.
to conjecture or guess.
noun
3.
a matter of conjecture.
4.
an idea or thought of something as being possible or likely.
5.
a conjecture or opinion.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English surmisen < Anglo-French surmis(e), Middle French (past participle of surmettre to accuse < Latin supermittere to throw upon), equivalent to sur- sur-1 + mis (masculine), mise (feminine) < Latin missus, missa, equivalent to mit(tere) to send + -tus, -ta past participle suffix

surmisable, adjective
surmisedly [ser-mahyzd-lee, -mahy-zid-] , adverb
surmiser, noun
unsurmised, adjective
unsurmising, adjective


1. imagine, suppose, suspect. See guess.
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surmise
 
vb
1.  (when tr, may take a clause as object) to infer (something) from incomplete or uncertain evidence
 
n
2.  an idea inferred from inconclusive evidence
 
[C15: from Old French, from surmettre to accuse, from Latin supermittere to throw over, from super- + mittere to send]
 
sur'misable
 
adj
 
sur'miser
 
n

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surmise
c.1400, "to charge, allege," from O.Fr. surmis, pp. of surmettre "to accuse," from sur- "upon" + mettre "put," from L. mittere "to send" (see mission). Meaning "to infer conjecturally" is recorded from 1700. The noun meaning "inference, guess" is first found in Eng. 1590;
earlier it was a legal term meaning "formal allegation" (1451).
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Example sentences
Some ecologists surmise that biodiversity allows plant species to coexist
  without competing for resources.
Absent release of the censored pages, one can only surmise what the connections
  may have been.
They helped navigators surmise where they were and how far they had traveled
  and how much longer they had to stay at sea.
Both, as one may surmise from their credentials, have bravura to burn.
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