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Meaning of SURMISE

Pronunciation:  sur'mIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
  2. [v]  infer from incomplete evidence
  3. [v]  imagine to be the case or true or probable; "I suspect he is a fugitive"; "I surmised that the butler did it"

SURMISE is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: conjecture, guess, hypothesis, speculation, supposition, surmisal, suspect
 See Also: deduce, deduct, derive, guess, hazard, infer, opinion, venture, view



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.