# mathematical induction

### noun

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## Nearby words

- math.,
- matha,
- mathematic,
- mathematical,
- mathematical expectation,
- mathematical logic,
- mathematical probability,
- mathematician,
- mathematics,
- mathematize

## Origin of mathematical induction

First recorded in 1830–40

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## mathematical induction

A method of proof in which a statement is proved for one step in a process, and it is shown that if the statement holds for that step, it holds for the next.

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