Can we use "surmise" as follows in the conclusion section of an essay:

To surmise my aforementioned thoughts, [a summary of the essay].

Generally, this statement is written as follows:

To summarise my aforementioned thoughts, [a summary of the essay].

Since surmise means deducing a conclusion from available but incomplete facts which are not sufficient to act as evidence. So, through this conclusion statement, I want to convey that from the ideas that I have mentioned in the previous paragraphs of the essay, I have deduced the [summary of the essay].

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    A surmise is marked as an uncertain guess, not a definite or even fairly strong conclusion. It has nothing to do with summary. Sep 30, 2017 at 18:13

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As StoneyB mentions in his comment, "surmise" is a fancy way to say "guess". It has nothing to do with "summarize".

I surmise that you checked only one dictionary for the definition of "surmise".

  • I checked the dictionaries, but one of my friend who is an English teacher told me that the phrase "To surmise my thoughts" is often used in essays. So, I thought that I am not interpreting the meaning of "surmise" properly. I suggested him that "surmise" can't be a replacement of summary. Secondly, the phrase should be "To surmise from my thoughts' to mean "To deduce/guess from my thoughts". Oct 1, 2017 at 8:00
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    Ah. Well I surmise you either misheard your friend, or your friend mislearned what surmise meant. It happens -- not every native speaker is perfect. I'm still learning new words all the time.
    – Andrew
    Oct 1, 2017 at 16:53

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