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Synonyms for guess

Synonyms for guess

to draw an inference on the basis of inconclusive evidence or insufficient information

a judgment, estimate, or opinion arrived at by guessing

Synonyms for guess

a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

an estimate based on little or no information

expect, believe, or suppose

put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation

guess correctly

References in classic literature ?
He asserts very flippantly things that he only guesses at.
The next may have twelve guesses, instead of eleven, for there are now twelve persons transformed into ornaments.
If he guesses correctly, he joins the circle and the person he named becomes It.
Having just finished the show circuit that stretched across virtually the entire home business and across several continents, guesses are about the best I can do right now.
Next, the two decoders compare notes and each updates its guesses and confidence levels.
The scientific method is essentially an exercise in making educated guesses, then doing one's best to prove those guesses wrong.
Like, you say "OH," and everyone guesses names of skaters whose initials are "OH" until someone guesses the correct name; in this case "Ocean Howell.
The present study aimed at disentangling the ERP effects related to the detection of targets from guessing-related ERP effects, that is, those related to the subjects' subsequent guesses, as well as further elucidating the topography (scalp distribution) and latency from stimulus onset of the involved ERP components.
If the guessing proves difficult, the volunteer may open his eyes and make additional guesses.
Little support emerged for the theory that a student develops an abstract mental framework, or "schema," for a particular subject, from which he or she generates educated guesses that produce correct responses to memory tests, they argue.