surmises, surmising, surmised
1) VERB If you surmise that something is true, you guess it from the available evidence, although you do not know for certain. [FORMAL]

[V wh] There's so little to go on, we can only surmise what happened...

[V that] He surmised that he had discovered one of the illegal streets. [Also V, V n]

2) N-VAR If you say that a particular conclusion is surmise, you mean that it is a guess based on the available evidence and you do not know for certain that it is true. [FORMAL]

It is mere surmise that Bosch had Brant's poem in mind when doing this painting...

His surmise proved correct.


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