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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Agard argued that the prosecutor's suggestion to draw a negative inference from his presence at trial was analytically the same as a prosecutor's suggestion to draw an inference from the defendant's refusal to testify at trial.
100) She concluded, however, that a jury was likely in many or most cases to draw a natural or irresistible inference of guilt from a defendant's failure to testify, and that a jury might not be as likely to draw an inference of wrongful tailoring from presence at trial as the majority suggested.
An uncontroversial example relating to proof of mens rea is that a fact finder may draw an inference of intention from conduct.
Under the Order, the fact-finder can draw an inference of guilt if a defendant chooses to remain silent.
The failure or refusal to produce a relevant document, or the destruction of it, is evidence from which alone its contents may be inferred to be unfavorable to the possessor, provided the opponent, when the identity of the document is disputed, first introduces some evidence tending to show that the document actually destroyed or withheld is the one as to whose contents it is desired to draw an inference.
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.
In the implicit version, the plausible cause of the last sentence in each story was not explicitly stated so that readers could draw an inference.
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.
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 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.
It lengthens the amount of time police can keep people suspected of swallowing drugs to conceal them so packages have time to pass through their bodies and allows judges to direct a jury to draw an inference from the fact a suspect has refused permission for a body cavity search or an X-ray.
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.