deduce

[ dih-doos, -dyoos ]
/ dɪˈdus, -ˈdyus /

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

to derive as a conclusion from something known or assumed; infer: From the evidence the detective deduced that the gardener had done it.
to trace the derivation of; trace the course of: to deduce one's lineage.

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Origin of deduce

1520–30; < Latin dēdūcere to lead down, derive, equivalent to dē- de- + dūcere to lead, bring

OTHER WORDS FROM deduce

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH deduce

adduce deduce inducededuce deductdeducible deductible
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British Dictionary definitions for deduce

deduce
/ (dɪˈdjuːs) /

verb (tr)

(may take a clause as object) to reach (a conclusion about something) by reasoning; conclude (that); infer
archaic to trace the origin, course, or derivation of

Derived forms of deduce

deducible, adjectivededucibility or deducibleness, noun

Word Origin for deduce

C15: from Latin dēdūcere to lead away, derive, from de- + dūcere to lead
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