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deduce

[dih-doos, -dyoos] /dɪˈdus, -ˈdyus/
verb (used with object), deduced, deducing.
1.
to derive as a conclusion from something known or assumed; infer:
From the evidence the detective deduced that the gardener had done it.
2.
to trace the derivation of; trace the course of:
to deduce one's lineage.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin dēdūcere to lead down, derive, equivalent to dē- de- + dūcere to lead, bring
Related forms
deducible, adjective
deducibility, deducibleness, noun
deducibly, adverb
nondeducible, adjective
subdeducible, adjective
undeduced, adjective
undeducible, adjective
Can be confused
adduce, deduce, induce.
deduce, deduct.
deducible, deductible.
Synonyms
1. conclude, reason, gather, determine.
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British Dictionary definitions for deducibleness

deduce

/dɪˈdjuːs/
verb (transitive)
1.
(may take a clause as object) to reach (a conclusion about something) by reasoning; conclude (that); infer
2.
(archaic) to trace the origin, course, or derivation of
Derived Forms
deducible, adjective
deducibility, deducibleness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēdūcere to lead away, derive, from de- + dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for deducibleness

deduce

v.

early 15c., from Latin deducere "lead down, derive" (in Medieval Latin, "infer logically"), from de- "down" (see de-) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Originally literal; sense of "draw a conclusion from something already known" is first recorded 1520s, from Medieval Latin. Related: Deduced; deducing.

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