One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of inferring or drawing a conclusion.
- ‘To the extent that our private views are doing the work - to the extent that the engine of illation is something locked up (at least for the moment) inside, there is a risk of unproductive disagreement.’
- 1.1count noun An inference.
- ‘Manning said as head of the National Security Council he felt ‘constrained to not answer the question from the reporter,’ but his illation was already indelibly established.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin illatio(n-), from illat- ‘brought in’, from the verb inferre (see infer).
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