adduce

verb ad·duce \ ə-ˈüs also -ˈdyüs \

Definition of adduce

adduced; adducing
transitive verb
:to offer as example, reason, or proof in discussion or analysis
  • adduce evidence in support of a theory

adducer

noun

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Examples of adduce in a Sentence

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

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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."

Origin and Etymology of adduce

Middle English, from Latin adducere, literally, to lead to, from ad- + ducere to lead — more at 1tow


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adduce

verb

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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