surmise n : a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence [syn: guess, conjecture, supposition, surmisal, speculation, hypothesis]
1 infer from incomplete evidence
2 imagine to be the case or true or probable; "I suspect he is a fugitive"; "I surmised that the butler did it" [syn: suspect]
EtymologyFrom Old French surmis, past participle of surmettre ("to accuse") from sur- ("upon") + mettre ("to put") from Latin mittere'' ("to send").
to conjecture, to opine or to posit with contestable premises
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