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Synonyms for surmise

Synonyms for surmise

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

a judgment, estimate, or opinion arrived at by guessing

Synonyms for surmise

a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

infer from incomplete evidence

imagine to be the case or true or probable

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Throughout Giovanni's whole acquaintance with Beatrice, he had occasionally, as we have said, been haunted by dark surmises as to her character; yet so thoroughly had she made herself felt by him as a simple, natural, most affectionate, and guileless creature, that the image now held up by Professor Baglioni looked as strange and incredible as if it were not in accordance with his own original conception.
Those are the main facts of the case, stripped of all surmise, and stated as baldly as possible.
My eyes fell upon the sheep, and I asked a question which, rather to my surprise, showed that my surmise was correct.
These circumstances are cited in palliation of the doubts and surmises of Captain Thorn, which might otherwise appear strange and unreasonable.
No word had been said to give me anything to think about, and any surmises I might make were unwarranted.
As soon as he had seen a visitor off he returned to one of those who were still in the drawing room, drew a chair toward him or her, and jauntily spreading out his legs and putting his hands on his knees with the air of a man who enjoys life and knows how to live, he swayed to and fro with dignity, offered surmises about the weather, or touched on questions of health, sometimes in Russian and sometimes in very bad but self-confident French; then again, like a man weary but unflinching in the fulfillment of duty, he rose to see some visitors off and, stroking his scanty gray hairs over his bald patch, also asked them to dinner.
On the whole his surmises, in addition to what he knew of the fact, increased his friendliness and tolerance towards Ladislaw, and made him understand the vacillation which kept him at Middlemarch after he had said that he should go away.
I wondered what was the matter, and felt an indefinite dread that something unpleasant was on his mind; and vague surmises, concerning what it might be, troubled me not a little, and made me grave and silent enough.
He did indeed account somewhat unfairly for this sudden change; for besides some hard and unjust surmises concerning female fickleness and mutability, he began to suspect that he owed this want of civility to his want of horses; a sort of animals which, as they dirty no sheets, are thought in inns to pay better for their beds than their riders, and are therefore considered as the more desirable company; but Mrs Whitefield, to do her justice, had a much more liberal way of thinking.
And now as she made surmises as to who people were, what were their relations to one another, and what they were like, Kitty endowed them with the most marvelous and noble characters, and found confirmation of her idea in her observations.
The considerations thus presented to me in the diary, joined to certain surmises of my own that grew out of them, suggested a conclusion which I wondered I had not arrived at before.
My surmises did not for a moment class a man of the Count's abilities and social position with the ordinary rank and file of foreign spies.
Shortened telomeres in white blood cells might induce those immune cells to trigger inflammation, surmise Ioakim Spyridopoulos and Stefanie Dimmeler of the University of Frankfurt in Germany, also writing in the Jan.
We surmise we are being read during your break, but we can't even begin to guess what time of day it was.
As I look at the congregation, my eyes fall upon Charlotte Beasley, dabbing her eyes with a Kleenex, and we may surmise that as a mother she had made the ultimate wartime sacrifice, the blood of a loved one shed on foreign soil, and that our prayers should be with her.