AskDefine | Define surmise

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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]

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From Old French surmis, past participle of surmettre ("to accuse") from sur- ("upon") + mettre ("to put") from Latin mittere'' ("to send").


  • Noun:
  • italbrac RP: /ˈsɜːmaɪz/
  • Verb:
  • italbrac RP: /sɜːˈmaɪz/


  1. Thought, imagination, or conjecture, which may be based upon feeble or scanty evidence; suspicion; guess; as, surmises of jealousy or of envy.
  2. Reflection; thought; posit.



  1. To conjecture, to opine or to posit with contestable premises.


to conjecture, to opine or to posit with contestable premises

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