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deductive

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adjective de·duc·tive \di-ˈdək-tiv, dē-\

Simple Definition of deductive

  • : using logic or reason to form a conclusion or opinion about something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of deductive

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or provable by deduction

  2. 2 :  employing deduction in reasoning

deductively adverb

Examples of deductive in a sentence

  1. a conclusion based on deductive reasoning

  2. <using deductive reasoning we must conclude that since everyone eventually dies, sooner or later it's going to be our turn>



1665

First Known Use of deductive

1665


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