Definition of inductive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʌktɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʌktɪv//
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  1. 1(specialist) using particular facts and examples to form general rules and principles an inductive argument inductive reasoning compare deductive
  2. 2 (physics) connected with the induction of electricity
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘leading to’): from Old French inductif, -ive or late Latin inductivus ‘hypothetical’ (later ‘inducing, leading to’), from Latin inducere ‘lead in’, from in- ‘into’ + ducere ‘to lead’. Sense (1) dates from the mid 18th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: inductive