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[in-duhk-tiv] /ɪnˈdʌk tɪv/
of, relating to, or involving electrical induction or magnetic induction.
operating by induction:
an inductive machine.
of, relating to, or employing logical induction:
inductive reasoning.
Embryology. eliciting the action of an embryonic inducer.
serving to induce; leading or influencing (usually followed by to).
Origin of inductive
From the Late Latin word inductīvus, dating back to 1600-10. 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
Usage note
3. See deductive. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for inductively
Historical Examples
  • The occurrence of amblyopia as a result of non-use has been deductively constructed and is not inductively proved by observation.

    Schweigger on Squint C. Schweigger
  • Doubtless these known fundamental conditions have been inductively established.

  • So far as it is inductively true that all border-war is evil, it is deductively true that a given border-war is therefore evil.

  • What we are concerned with now is to deal with the facts on which this alleged general principle is inductively based.

    The Great Illusion Norman Angell
  • It cannot serve as a basis from which we can inductively extend our knowledge of facts beyond what the senses and memory reveal.

  • Making a few inquiries here, but too impatient to pursue his investigation carefully and inductively, he went into the town.

    Desperate Remedies Thomas Hardy
  • Thus, if we are to come by general rules, we must obtain them inductively by a comparison of many thousand particular instances.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland
  • The subjective mind is only able to reason deductively and not inductively, while the objective mind can do both.

  • inductively, Mr. Darwin endeavours to prove that species arise in a given way.

    The Origin of Species Thomas H. Huxley
  • One thing that can be thus known is the principle of moral causation; and this we have inductively investigated.

    Modern Skepticism C. J. Ellicott
British Dictionary definitions for inductively


relating to, involving, or operated by electrical or magnetic induction: an inductive reactance
(logic, maths) of, relating to, or using induction: inductive reasoning
serving to induce or cause
a rare word for introductory
(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 inductively



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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