abductive

adjective
ab·​duc·​tive | \ (ˈ)ab¦dəktiv, əbˈd- \

Definition of abductive

logic
: involving abduction

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First Known Use of abductive

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abductive

abduct(ion) + -ive entry 1

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“Abductive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abductive. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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