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[ih-doos, ih-dyoos]
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verb (used with object), e·duced, e·duc·ing.
  1. to draw forth or bring out, as something potential or latent; elicit; develop.
  2. to infer or deduce.
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Origin of educe

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin ēdūcere, equivalent to ē- e-1 + dūcere to lead
Related formse·duc·i·ble, adjectiveun·e·duced, adjective
Can be confusededucable educible
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Related Words for educe

secure, conclude, wrest, obtain, deduce, extract, milk, derive, develop, excogitate, infer, evince, evolve, draw, get, procure, reason, gain, wring, extort

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Historical Examples of educe

  • From this text it would be logical to educe a cyclopedia every month or so.

    The Church of St. Bunco

    Gordon Clark

  • He must keep his own education above that of his fellows and he must become able to educe.

    Seed Thoughts for Singers

    Frank Herbert Tubbs

  • She was content to let the divine light of philosophy penetrate by its own power, and educe its own conclusions.


    Charles Kingsley

  • Life just the stuff / To try the soul's strength on, educe the man.

  • That stone is in our purses; the old magician knows it, and he knows the charm to educe it.

British Dictionary definitions for educe


verb (tr) rare
  1. to evolve or develop, esp from a latent or potential state
  2. to draw out or elicit (information, solutions, etc)
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Derived Formseducible, adjectiveeductive (ɪˈdʌktɪv), adjective

Word Origin for educe

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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