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 formsin·duc·tive·ly, adverbin·duc·tive·ness, nounan·ti-in·duc·tive, adjectivean·ti-in·duc·tive·ly, adverban·ti-in·duc·tive·ness, nounpre·in·duc·tive, adjectivesem·i-in·duc·tive, adjectiveun·in·duc·tive, adjective

Usage note

3. See deductive. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inductive

Contemporary Examples of inductive

  • Absent a clear answer, Obama has, in effect, asked the country to infer his goals by inductive reasoning.

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    Joy Behar Was Right

    Jeff Shesol

    July 29, 2010

Historical Examples of inductive

British Dictionary definitions for inductive



relating to, involving, or operated by electrical or magnetic inductionan inductive reactance
logic maths of, relating to, or using inductioninductive reasoning
serving to induce or cause
a rare word for introductory
biology producing a reaction within an organism, esp induction in embryonic tissue
Derived Formsinductively, adverbinductiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inductive

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.

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