Imply vs. infer

Although commonly misused, these words are not interchangeable. Which one should you use?

imply: to suggest or indicate (something) without saying it directly

Her tone of voice implied she was not happy with the committee’s decision.

infer: to deduce from the available evidence

Based on his economic plan, I inferred he was a Democrat.

Therefore, a writer implies something with words, but a reader infers it.

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