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[dih-duhkt] /dɪˈdʌkt/
verb (used with object)
to take away, as from a sum or amount:
Once you deduct your expenses, there is nothing left.
verb (used without object)
detract; abate (usually followed by from):
The rocky soil deducts from the value of his property.
Origin of deduct
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin dēductus brought down, withdrawn, past participle of dēdūcere; see deduce
Related forms
prededuct, verb (used with object)
undeducted, adjective
Can be confused
deduce, deduct.
add. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for deducted
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  • The time spent in rehearsing for orchestras is not deducted from the pay.

    A Journey Through France in War Time Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
  • What is the conclusion to be deducted from your own statements?

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • Nothing else can be deducted from their argumentation, and this is what we maintain ourselves.

    The Conquest of Bread Peter Kropotkin
  • The total to be deducted for the four strings will not exceed three ounces.

    The Violin George Hart
  • When the sum is large, a draft should be procured, the cost of which may be deducted from the amount.

    Helen and Arthur Caroline Lee Hentz
  • I will accept transportation on advance and deducted from my wages later.

British Dictionary definitions for deducted


(transitive) to take away or subtract (a number, quantity, part, etc): income tax is deducted from one's wages
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēductus, past participle of dēdūcere to deduce
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Word Origin and History for deducted



early 15c., from Latin deductus, past participle of deducere "lead down, bring away;" see deduce, with which it formerly was interchangeable. Technically, deduct refers to taking away portions or amounts; subtract to taking away numbers. Related: Deducted; deducting.

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