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Sunday, November 16, 2008

adduce

\uh-DOOS; -DYOOS\ , verb;
1.
to offer as a reason in support of an argument; bring up as an example; give as proof or evidence; cite
Quotes:
Claude Chabrol defines absurdity as the gap between the awesome finality of death and the trivial reasons men adduce for killing or putting themselves in the way of being killed.
-- R.S., Plenty of Nada, Time, December 1, 1970
Nor does he adduce any historic arguments to prove that doctors make great governors of men, perhaps because such arguments are difficult to find.
-- Carrel's Man, Time, September 15, 1931
Origin:
by 1616, from Latin adducere "lead to, bring to," from ad- "to" + ducere "to lead"
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