ad·​duce | \ ə-ˈdüs How to pronounce adduce (audio) also -ˈdyüs \
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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web No one was ever charged, no motive adduced, and Wong’s wife, Leena, who discovered the body and might have known more, is now dead of cancer. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Headlands’ Nods to San Francisco Noir," 24 Feb. 2020 Divine providence is often adduced when a few faithful people survive a disaster, but all the religious folks who died and atheists who lived are expediently ignored. Michael Shermer, Scientific American, "The Singular of “Data” Is Not “Anecdote”," 1 Nov. 2018 For instance, the November 2016 demonetisation of two key banknotes was an economic disaster, according to evidence adduced by many scholars. R Nagaraj, Quartz India, "India’s economic slowdown may be worse than it appears," 10 Sep. 2019 The author also adduces xenophobic anti-sharia laws and resistance to Muslim buildings. The Economist, "For some in America, religious freedom has limits," 25 July 2019 Even those parts of the essay were weakened, however, by his adducing French, bizarrely, as an example of the latter. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "The Right Liberalism," 11 July 2019 Yet the firm has been adduced as proof that Europe’s steel industry has a future—even as this future once again looks in doubt. The Economist, "The European steel industry is being clobbered," 28 June 2019 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

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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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“Adduce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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