the act or process of deducting; subtraction.
something that is or may be deducted: She took deductions for a home office and other business expenses from her taxes.
the act or process of deducing.
something that is deduced: His astute deduction was worthy of Sherlock Holmes.
a process of reasoning in which a conclusion follows necessarily from the premises presented, so that the conclusion cannot be false if the premises are true.
a conclusion reached by this process.: Compare induction (def. 4).
- non·de·duc·tion, noun
- pre·de·duc·tion, noun
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How to use deduction in a sentence
Tim Scott, a Republican senator from South Carolina, introduced the deduction, claiming it would help restaurants and restaurant workers who have been struggling since the beginning of the pandemic.The “three-martini lunch” tax break sums up why so many people hate capitalism | Lila MacLellan | December 21, 2020 | Quartz
In other words, employers can claim a large portion of the cost of some AI up front as a tax deduction.It’s time to rethink the legal treatment of robots | Emily Luong | October 22, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
In addition to avoiding wage taxes, businesses can accelerate tax deductions for some AI when it has a physical component or falls under certain exceptions for software.It’s time to rethink the legal treatment of robots | Emily Luong | October 22, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
If you squeeze the last drop of deduction from the puzzle conditions, you won’t have too many trial-and–error candidates to search through.Celebrating the Playful Magic of John Horton Conway | Pradeep Mutalik | October 15, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
In addition, the TCJA gives individuals several tax breaks—an increased child tax credit and standard deduction, for example—that are scheduled to expire at the end of 2025.
That would have involved overturning a 1977 Court decision that upheld automatic deduction of union dues.Only Eight Years of President Hillary Can Take the Supreme Court Away From Conservatives | Michael Tomasky | June 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
True, making an Item 24 deduction requires me to “Attach Form 2106.”Up to a Point: I Do My Own Taxes With No Help, Except From a Couple of Bloody Marys | P. J. O’Rourke | April 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The devil was predictably in the details, with a surcharge on the rich and a call to end the state and local tax deduction.RIP: Obama’s Grand Bargain With the GOP on Entitlements | John Avlon | March 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Apparently, not much has really changed since Bill took a $2 tax deduction for each pair of underwear that he donated to charity.The Clintons Can’t Shake Their Reputation for Ethical Shadiness | Lloyd Green | September 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
To my mind, this is why we should get rid of the corporate income tax--and the charitable tax deduction as well.
This was considered by the Post-office Department as an average deduction of 53 per cent.
The amount so collected was to be paid to the tithe-owners, subject to a deduction of three per cent.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
Does he prove that criminal procedure against the colonies would fail, by sign or by deduction?English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
The great conclusions are reached by the certain methods of elimination and deduction.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
No more logical deduction was possible than this commencement of decentralization within the Prussian monarchy.Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for deduction
the act or process of deducting or subtracting
something, esp a sum of money, that is or may be deducted
the process of reasoning typical of mathematics and logic, whose conclusions follow necessarily from their premises
an argument of this type
the conclusion of such an argument
a systematic method of deriving conclusions that cannot be false when the premises are true, esp one amenable to formalization and study by the science of logic
an argument of this type: Compare induction (def. 4)
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Scientific definitions for deduction
The process of reasoning from the general to the specific, in which a conclusion follows necessarily from the premises.
A conclusion reached by this process.
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Cultural definitions for deduction (1 of 2)
A process of reasoning that moves from the general to the specific. (Compare induction.)
A cost or expense subtracted from revenue, usually for tax purposes.
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