verb \di-ˈdüs, dē-; chiefly British -ˈdyüs\

: to use logic or reason to form (a conclusion or opinion about something) : to decide (something) after thinking about the known facts


Full Definition of DEDUCE

transitive verb
:  to determine by deduction; specifically :  to infer from a general principle
:  to trace the course of
de·duc·ible \-ˈd(y)ü-sə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of DEDUCE

  1. <I can deduce from the simple observation of your behavior that you're trying to hide something from me.>

Origin of DEDUCE

Middle English, from Latin deducere, literally, to lead away, from de- + ducere to lead — more at tow
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Logic Terms

a posteriori, connotation, corollary, inference, mutually exclusive, paradox, postulate, syllogism


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