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    Unhappy How to use the word "illation"

    Illation means "A conclusion drawn; a deduction."

    I want to use the word illation in this sentence:

    Although several measurements were made, no conclusions were drawn.

    Can "illation" be used with drawn? Or is there another verb? Or should "illation" be used in another way?

    Although several measurements were made, no illations were drawn.


    Thanks.

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    Re: How to use the word "illation"

    Hi arly,

    It seems you can. I'm a reasonably well-read person and I have never seen that word before. The dictionary even said it was a "rare word" meaning "inference."

    You should be aware that probably 95% of the people who read this word won't know what it means.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    Re: How to use the word "illation"

    In portuguese a similar word is commonly used, that's why I thought I could use it.
    But, if it's not that common, it's better if I abstain from using it.

    Thanks.

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    Re: How to use the word "illation"

    I would suggest "conclusion" in your example, although the dictionary lists "inference."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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