deduce

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verb de·duce \di-ˈdüs, dē-; chiefly British -ˈdyüs\

Definition of deduce

deduced

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deducing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to determine by reasoning or deduction <deduce the age of ancient artifacts> <She deduced, from the fur stuck to his clothes, that he owned a cat.>; specifically, philosophy :  to infer (see infer 1) from a general principle

  3. 2 :  to trace the course of <deduce their lineage>

deducible

play \-ˈd(y)ü-sə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of deduce in a sentence

  1. <I can deduce from the simple observation of your behavior that you're trying to hide something from me.>

Origin and Etymology of deduce

Middle English, from Latin deducere, literally, to lead away, from de- + ducere to lead — more at tow


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of deduce

infer, deduce, conclude, judge, gather mean to arrive at a mental conclusion. infer implies arriving at a conclusion by reasoning from evidence; if the evidence is slight, the term comes close to surmise <from that remark, I inferred that they knew each other>. deduce often adds to infer the special implication of drawing a particular inference from a generalization <denied we could deduce anything important from human mortality>. conclude implies arriving at a necessary inference at the end of a chain of reasoning <concluded that only the accused could be guilty>. judge stresses a weighing of the evidence on which a conclusion is based <judge people by their actions>. gather suggests an intuitive forming of a conclusion from implications <gathered their desire to be alone without a word>.

DEDUCE Defined for English Language Learners

deduce

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verb de·duce \di-ˈdüs, dē-; chiefly British -ˈdyüs\

Definition of deduce for English Language Learners

  • : to use logic or reason to form (a conclusion or opinion about something) : to decide (something) after thinking about the known facts


DEDUCE Defined for Kids

deduce

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verb de·duce \di-ˈdüs, -ˈdyüs\

Definition of deduce for Students

deduced

deducing

  1. :  to figure out by using reason or logic <What can we deduce from the evidence?>



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