Advanced and Proficiency Vocabulary for Exams(e.g.GRE, Banks, Civil Services, SAT / LSAT). For IELTS/TOEFL, and everyday spoken vocabulary, go to our Spoken Vocabulary Database.
The word ‘surmise’ is a formal way of expressing forming an opinion or assuming that something is correct based on little or no evidence. It is essentially an educated guess, which means that it is risky to base an action or form any definite opinion based on a surmisal. Most commonly used in a professional context.
|Exam DB||Spoken DB||Other|
|Synonyms||deduce, conjecture, infer,|
|Antonyms||calculate, examine, confirm,|
There is very little evidence for them to work with, so the police can only surmise what happened that night.
The analyst’s surmisal was based on incomplete data, so it needs to be taken with a pinch of salt.
I don’t know for sure why Brian was fired, but I can surmise what happened because I know he’s been warned previously about his conduct towards customers.