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inductive

[in-duhk-tiv] /ɪnˈdʌk tɪv/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or involving electrical or magnetic induction.
2.
operating by induction:
an inductive machine.
3.
of, pertaining to, or employing logical induction:
inductive reasoning.
4.
Embryology. eliciting the action of an embryonic inducer.
5.
serving to induce; leading or influencing (usually followed by to).
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Late Latin inductīvus. See induct, -ive
Related forms
inductively, adverb
inductiveness, noun
anti-inductive, adjective
anti-inductively, adverb
anti-inductiveness, noun
preinductive, adjective
semi-inductive, adjective
uninductive, adjective
Synonyms
3. See deductive.
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Examples from the web for inductive
  • The difference is inductive v deductive approaches to the same cognitive goals.
  • inductive research tends to draw sneers from the editors of academic journals.
  • Further, a clear deductive overview preceding inductive training eases the perceived difficulty of the lesson.
  • There are essentially two kinds of profiling, inductive and deductive.
  • Which is a wonderful piece of inductive logic but for me is a tautology.
  • inductive reasoning uses specific observations to construct general principles.
  • inductive coupling can also have undesirable consequences, however.
  • inductive and deductive reasoning confuses and puzzles them on a regular basis.
  • In other words, premises that are supported by either empirical facts or inductive logic.
  • The apparent difference is a deductive versus an inductive approach, he suggested.
British Dictionary definitions for inductive

inductive

/ɪnˈdʌktɪv/
adjective
1.
relating to, involving, or operated by electrical or magnetic induction: an inductive reactance
2.
(logic, maths) of, relating to, or using induction: inductive reasoning
3.
serving to induce or cause
4.
a rare word for introductory
5.
(biology) producing a reaction within an organism, esp induction in embryonic tissue
Derived Forms
inductively, adverb
inductiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inductive
adj.

early 15c., from Old French inductif or directly from Late Latin inductivus, from induct-, past participle stem of inducere (see induce). As a term in logic, from 1764.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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