Meaning of INDUCTIVE in English

INDUCTIVE

/ ɪnˈdʌktɪv; NAmE / adjective

1.

( technical ) using particular facts and examples to form general rules and principles :

an inductive argument

inductive reasoning

—compare deductive

2.

( physics ) connected with the induction of electricity

►  in·duct·ive·ly adverb :

a theory derived inductively from the data

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English (in the sense leading to ): from Old French inductif , -ive or late Latin inductivus hypothetical (later inducing, leading to), from Latin inducere lead in, from in- into + ducere to lead. Sense 1 dates from the mid 18th cent.

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