ad·​duce | \ ə-ˈüs also -ˈdyüs How to pronounce adduce (audio) \
adduced; adducing

Definition of adduce

transitive verb

: to offer as example, reason, or proof in discussion or analysis adduce evidence in support of a theory

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Other Words from adduce

adducer noun

Synonyms for adduce


cite, instance, mention, quote

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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."

Examples of adduce in a Sentence

in support of a 12-month school year, the committee adduced data from other school districts

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Not a scintilla of evidence has been adduced that learning has been improved. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "Sage Against the Machine," 31 Aug. 2018 Not a shred of evidence has been adduced suggesting otherwise, which federal investigators and NCAA officials have acknowledged. Chris Chavez,, "Attorney Investigating Arizona: DeAndre Ayton 'Abided By All Applicable Rules', 'Fully Eligible'," 25 Feb. 2018 And the report adduces no evidence that the Trump supporters knew the origin of the account. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Facebook Farce," 24 Oct. 2017 And the report adduces no evidence that the Trump supporters knew the origin of the account. The Washington Post,, "DNC, Clinton campaign helped fund research that led to Trump-Russia dossier," 24 Oct. 2017 This lack of recent strong U.S. hurricane strikes has been much remarked upon - and a number of ideas have been adduced to explain it. Chris Mooney,, "Harvey, Irma and more: The science behind the sudden end to the U.S. hurricane 'drought'," 7 Sep. 2017 The court denied removal of the guardian and lawyer saying no evidence was adduced., "Column: A great need for more reform in guardianship," 3 May 2017 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. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Theresa May’s American Adventure," 4 Feb. 2017 Many factors have been adduced to explain the apparently irresistible rise of Donald Trump. Charles Isherwood, Town & Country, "Art in the Age of Trump," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of adduce

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adduce

Middle English adducen, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French aducer, borrowed from Latin addūcere "to lead or bring (a person or an animal to a place), introduce, bring forward," from ad- ad- + dūcere "to lead" — more at tow entry 1

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The first known use of adduce was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of adduce

formal : to mention or provide (something, such as a fact or example) as evidence or proof to support an argument

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having a desire to acquire more things

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