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In the law of evidence, a truth or proposition drawn from another that is supposed or admitted to be true. A process of reasoning by which a fact or proposition sought to be established is deduced as a logical consequence from other facts, or a state of facts, already proved or admitted. A logical and reasonable conclusion of a fact not presented by direct evidence but which, by process of logic and reason, a trier of fact may conclude exists from the established facts. Inferences are deductions or conclusions that with reason and common sense lead the jury to draw from facts which have been established by the evidence in the case.

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n. a rule of logic applied to evidence in a trial, in which a fact is "proved" by presenting other "facts" which lead to only one reasonable conclusion--that if A and B are true, then C is. The process is called "deduction" or "deductive reasoning," and is a persuasive form of circumstantial evidence. (See: circumstantial evidence)

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INFERENCE. A conclusion drawn by reason from premises established by proof.
     2. It is the province of the judge who is to decide upon the facts to draw the inference. When the facts are submitted to the court, the judges draw the inference; when they are to be ascertained by a jury, it is their duty to do so. The witness is not permitted as a general rule to draw an inference, and testify that to the court or jury. It is his duty to state the facts simply as they occurred. Inferences differ from presumptions. (q.v.)

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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- The Brockman deposit contains JORC Indicated and Inferred Resources totalling 41.4 million tonnes (comprising 32.3mt Indicated Resources and 9.1mt Inferred Resources) at 0.21% TREO, including 0.18% HREO, plus 0.36% Nb2O5 and 0.90% ZrO2.
Overall, Homestead had a total indicated and inferred resource of 119,100 tonnes and an average grade of 237 parts per million of tantalum oxide and 3,875 parts per million of lithium oxide.
* Barrick maintains that the inclusion of the Deep West Inferred Mineral Resources inventory on an equal footing to the Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources within the Optimisation Study of Bulyanhulu materially overstates the value of the mine, is inconsistent with acceptable industry practice and not in compliance with the CIM Standards.
He was also found in the curtilage of Asda, Phoenix Retail Park, on July 6 in circumstances that could reasonably be inferred that he intended to commit theft.
Solving the gene regulatory network for genes in window #2 using the same approach used for window #1, we obtained the inferred network shown in Figure 5.
Finally, Block-IV shows 2559 mt with 637mt measured, 1640mt indicated and 282mt inferred reserves with rest of Thar coalfield showing 165,791mt with a detail of 392mt measured, 3556mt indicated and 49138mt inferred reserves.
The authors identified some typical patterns for revealing personal information through the one-line annotations from the users' friends, and inferred full names, ages and educational background of the users.
According to Foster, where there is no evidence of an express agreement to commit collateral crimes of opposition, a general agreement to commit such crimes could be inferred from evidence such as the number of people involved in the joint enterprise, whether they were armed and so on.
An inferred camera sees the sensible heat being release, causing the fluid to be pumped back to tank, leaving the coil empty.
According to the company, the inferred mineral resources have increased even though only limited drilling took place in the new areas of the mine.
The inferred resource of 10,618,000 tonnes, with an average grade of 1.29 grams per tonne, is spread throughout the open pit, underground and three stockpiles, with contained gold totalling 442,000 ounces.