[ in-duhk-tiv ]
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  1. of, relating to, or involving electrical induction or magnetic induction.

  2. operating by induction: an inductive machine.

  1. of, relating to, or employing logical induction: inductive reasoning.

  2. Embryology. eliciting the action of an embryonic inducer.

  3. 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

confusables note For inductive

3. See deductive.

Other words from inductive

  • in·duc·tive·ly, adverb
  • in·duc·tive·ness, noun
  • an·ti-in·duc·tive, adjective
  • an·ti-in·duc·tive·ly, adverb
  • an·ti-in·duc·tive·ness, noun
  • pre·in·duc·tive, adjective
  • sem·i-in·duc·tive, adjective
  • un·in·duc·tive, adjective

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How to use inductive in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for inductive


/ (ɪnˈdʌktɪv) /

  1. relating to, involving, or operated by electrical or magnetic induction: an inductive reactance

  2. logic maths of, relating to, or using induction: inductive reasoning

  1. serving to induce or cause

  2. a rare word for introductory

  3. biology producing a reaction within an organism, esp induction in embryonic tissue

Derived forms of inductive

  • inductively, adverb
  • inductiveness, noun

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