de·​duc·​tive di-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce deductive (audio)
: of, relating to, or provable by deriving conclusions by reasoning : of, relating to, or provable by deduction (see deduction sense 2a)
deductive principles
: employing deduction in reasoning
conclusions based on deductive logic
deductively adverb

Examples of deductive in a Sentence

a conclusion based on deductive reasoning using deductive reasoning we must conclude that since everyone eventually dies, sooner or later it's going to be our turn
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Word History


see deduct

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of deductive was in 1646

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“Deductive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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