surmise

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

surmise (plural surmises)

  1. Thought, imagination, or conjecture, which may be based upon feeble or scanty evidence; suspicion; guess.
    surmises of jealousy or of envy
    • Jonathan Swift
      No man ought to be charged with principles he actually disowns, unless his practices contradict his profession; not upon small surmises.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 32
      The meeting had been devoid of incident. No word had been said to give me anything to think about, and any surmises I might make were unwarranted. I was intrigued.
  2. Reflection; thought; posit.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

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surmise (third-person singular simple present surmises, present participle surmising, simple past and past participle surmised)

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

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surmise

  1. first-person singular present indicative of surmiser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of surmiser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of surmiser
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of surmiser
  5. second-person singular imperative of surmiser

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