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[ih-doos, ih-dyoos] /ɪˈdus, ɪˈdyus/
verb (used with object), educed, educing.
to draw forth or bring out, as something potential or latent; elicit; develop.
to infer or deduce.
Origin of educe
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin ēdūcere, equivalent to ē- e-1 + dūcere to lead
Related forms
educible, adjective
uneduced, adjective
Can be confused
educable, educible. Unabridged
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verb (transitive) (rare)
to evolve or develop, esp from a latent or potential state
to draw out or elicit (information, solutions, etc)
Derived Forms
educible, adjective
eductive (ɪˈdʌktɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ēdūcere to draw out, from ē- out + dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for educe

early 15c., in the literal sense, from Latin educere "to lead out, bring out" (of troops, ships, etc.; see educate). Meaning "to draw a conclusion from data" is from 1837.

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