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

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deducing

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



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