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Both of these words have to do with the communication of ideas through an indirect but logical process. The difference lies in who is making (or attempting to make) the logical connection.

A writer or speaker implies.  Or the facts themselves imply a certain result.

A listener or reader infers.

Think of this way: The sender of the message implies. The receiver of the message infers.

Example: The Governor implied that tax increases would be necessary, and many in the audience inferred that his long-rumored switch to the Republican Party would no longer take place.

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