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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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
    • 1721, anonymous [Jonathan Swift], “The Sentiments of a Church of England-man with Respect to Religion and Government. Written in the Year, 1708”, in Miscellanies in Prose and Verse, 4th edition, Dublin: Printed by S. Fairbrother, book-seller, and are to be sold at his shop in Skinner-Row, over against the Tholsel, OCLC 744843032, page 61:
      But ſurely no Man whatſoever ought in Justice or good Manners to be charged with Principles he actually diſowns, unleſs his Practices do openly and without the leaſt Room for Doubt, contradict his Profeſſion: Not upon ſmall Surmiſes, or becauſe he has the Miſfortune to have Ill Men ſometimes agree with him in a few general Sentiments.
    • 1919, W[illiam] Somerset Maugham, chapter 32, in The Moon and Sixpence: A Novel (Heinemann's Colonial Library of Popular Fiction), London: William Heinemann, OCLC 22207227:
      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.

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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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