Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A deduction or conclusion from known facts. See 44 Wis. 336.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In the law of evidence. A truth or proposition drawn from another which 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 facte or a state of facts, already proved or admitted. Gates v. Hughes, 44 Wis. 336; Whitehouse v. Bolster, 95 Me. 458, 50 Atl. 240; Joske v. Irvine, 91 Tex. 574, 44 S. W. 1059. An inference is a deduction which the reason of the jury makes from the facts proved, without an express direction of law to that effect. Code Civil Proc. Cal. ยง 1958.