draw an inference


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draw an inference

To come to or infer a conclusion from or regarding the information with which one is presented. If we look at the data across all demographics in the country, we can draw an inference as to the effect this policy has had. I invite the public to draw an inference from the televised debates as to who is truly better able to lead the country.
See also: draw

draw an inference

Conclude, as in From his wording, we can draw the inference that he disapproves. This idiom is a long-winded way of saying infer. [Late 1600s]
See also: draw
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An uncontroversial example relating to proof of mens rea is that a fact finder may draw an inference of intention from conduct.
It is not generally appropriate to draw an inference about consent or credibility from the sexual history of a complainant in a sexual assault trial.
Warrant (what gives you license to draw an inference from your grounds): Since effective argumentation is a criterion for being a good trial lawyer.
The court said: "A claim of certification is not an unverifiable opinion of the ultimate quality of a lawyer's work or a promise of success, but is simply a fact, albeit one with multiple predicates, from which a consumer may or may not draw an inference of the likely qualities of an attorney's work in a given area of practice.
The legislation will broaden the conditions under which employers are liable for indirect sex discrimination, and employment tribunals will be obliged to draw an inference of sex discrimination where employers fail to provide a satisfactory reason for treating a woman differently from a man.
In the absence of a satisfactory explanation from the employer, employment tribunals must now draw an inference that the less favourable treatment was on grounds of sex.
The problem we identify in this example therefore is not how or whether to draw an inference about the possible effect of magnesium on migraine, given the above two titles, but rather how these two titles (or Medline records), and other pairs analogous to them, could have been found and brought together in the first place without knowing in advance about any specific link such as epilepsy.
It may be difficult to draw an inference from marginal differences but it shows that females engaged in economic activity desire an early completion of their family size hence a shorter birth interval.
Mr Orde told Board members: "One could draw an inference from that that there's more organisation on the republican side and less control from loyalists.
He added however, ``It would be wrong to draw an inference from this appointment on the timing of a referendum on the euro - that will depend on the assessment of the Treasury's five economic tests.
In such cases, he said, the plaintiff will need to produce very little affirmative evidence to allow the court to draw an inference of causation in the absence of evidence to the contrary.
There is no way we can control what happens or what is decided in secret but we can draw an inference from somebody's actions on the track.
From the evidence and the jury's verdict I am en titled to draw an inference.