Surmise meaning

sər-mīz
To make a judgment about (something) without sufficient evidence; guess.
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The act or process of surmising; conjecture in general.
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To imagine or infer (something) without conclusive evidence; conjecture; guess.
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Thought, imagination, or conjecture, which may be based upon feeble or scanty evidence; suspicion; guess.

Surmises of jealousy or of envy.

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To say (something) as a guess or conjecture.
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To make a guess or conjecture.
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An idea or opinion based on insufficiently conclusive evidence; a conjecture.
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An idea or opinion formed from evidence that is neither positive nor conclusive; conjecture; guess.
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Surmise is defined as to guess.

An example of to surmise is to guess the answer on a test.

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Origin of surmise

  • Middle English surmisen to accuse from Old French surmise feminine past participle of surmettre sur- sur- mettre to put (from Latin mittere)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French surmis, past participle of surmetre, surmettre (“to accuse"), from sur- (“upon") + metre (“to put").

    From Wiktionary