[ in-duhk-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈdʌk tɪv /


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

words often confused with inductive

3. See deductive.

OTHER WORDS FROM inductive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for inductive

British Dictionary definitions for inductive

/ (ɪnˈdʌktɪv) /


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 forms of inductive

inductively, adverbinductiveness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012