Definition of adduce
: to offer as example, reason, or proof in discussion or analysis adduce evidence in support of a theory
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Examples of adduce in a Sentence
in support of a 12-month school year, the committee adduced data from other school districts
Recent Examples of adduce from the Web
Many factors have been adduced to explain the apparently irresistible rise of Donald Trump.
The court denied removal of the guardian and lawyer saying no evidence was adduced.
In addition to the burden of providing evidence, researching appropriate law violations, we were expected to know how to properly adduce and find replacements for the guardian and lawyer.
Various theories have been adduced for this gesture: genuine amity, a vestige of courtliness, too much lunch, or the possibility that the President is afraid of stairs.
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Did You Know?
We won't lead you astray over the history of adduce; it is one of a plethora of familiar words that trace to the Latin root ducere, which means "to lead." Perhaps we can induce you to deduce a few other ducere offspring if we offer a few hints about them. One is a synonym of kidnap, one's a title for a British royal, and one's another word for decrease. Give up? They are abduct, duke, and reduce, respectively. There are also many others, including induce, which means "to persuade" or "to bring about."
ADDUCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of adduce for English Language Learners
: to mention or provide (something, such as a fact or example) as evidence or proof to support an argument
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