[uh-doos, uh-dyoos]

verb (used with object), ad·duced, ad·duc·ing.

to bring forward in argument or as evidence; cite as pertinent or conclusive: to adduce reasons in support of a constitutional amendment.

Origin of adduce

1610–20; < Latin addūcere to bring into, equivalent to ad- ad- + dūcere to lead
Related formsad·duce·a·ble, ad·duc·i·ble, adjectivead·duc·er, nounun·ad·duce·a·ble, adjectiveun·ad·duced, adjectiveun·ad·duc·i·ble, adjective
Can be confusedadduce deduce induce Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for adduce

illustrate, prove, cite, show

Examples from the Web for adduce

Contemporary Examples of adduce

Historical Examples of adduce

  • Perhaps every one of the examples I adduce will be found open to dispute.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • I will adduce an example which will clear up my meaning, and will be a sort of witness to my words.



  • Here, among the farms, we adduce the scholars as examples of this treachery.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • If, however, it will satisfy you that I adduce an illustration—Louisa Bellew was one of these.

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever

  • Why, then, do I adduce the name of Bruno at the close of this lecture?

    Mind and Motion and Monism

    George John Romanes

British Dictionary definitions for adduce



(tr) to cite (reasons, examples, etc) as evidence or proof
Derived Formsadducent, adjectiveadducible or adduceable, adjectiveadduction (əˈdʌkʃən), noun

Word Origin for adduce

C15: from Latin addūcere to lead or bring to
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Word Origin and History for adduce

early 15c., from Latin adducere "lead to, bring to, bring along," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Related: Adduced; adducing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper