Non-thesaurus: Surmision

[In the non-thesaurus series, I create lists of viable alternatives to non-words (i.e. words that sound like real words, and may even have clear meanings, but that aren’t, in fact, words) that I sometimes find myself wanting to use.]

The word of the day is: surmision, i.e. the noun version of the verb “to surmise”. Because what one creates when one concludes is a conclusion, in my head, what one creates when one surmises is a surmision. But it’s not a really word, so what are the alternatives? Here goes:

  • assumption
  • belief
  • conjecture
  • guess
  • hypothesis
  • inference
  • postulation
  • premise
  • reckoning
  • speculation
  • supposition
  • theory

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