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Definition of deductive

1 : of, relating to, or provable by deriving conclusions by reasoning : of, relating to, or provable by deduction (see deduction sense 2a) deductive principles
2 : employing deduction in reasoning conclusions based on deductive logic

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deductively adverb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Conjectures arise from inductive reasoning — a kind of intuition about an interesting problem — and proofs generally follow deductive, step-by-step logic. Quanta Magazine, "How Close Are Computers to Automating Mathematical Reasoning?," 27 Aug. 2020 Solving them in real life can require knowledge and skills in deductive reasoning, psychology, and forensic science. Popular Science, "Fun mystery games to help solve your boredom," 8 Apr. 2020 The winning never changes, but the shifting story lines, personnel evaluations, and roster rationalizations will leave you with deductive whiplash., "Here are a Baker Mayfield’s half-dozen thoughts on recent developments surrounding the 7-0 Patriots as they prepare to face the Browns:," 25 Oct. 2019 Tony Shalhoub stars as Adrian Monk, a former cop turned private detective who has O.C.D. and pretty severe anxiety but also a Sherlock Holmes-y attention to detail and deductive reasoning. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "The Pilot Is Mediocre. Do You Stick With It? Sometimes.," 11 Feb. 2020 Sherlock was the celebrated master of deductive reasoning; Max makes psychological surveys of crime scenes and/or subjects, and the processes are not so different. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Vienna Blood’ Review: When Opposites Attract Attention," 16 Jan. 2020 But Mindy wants you to have the basic information and then use deductive reasoning to figure it out. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Who run the world? This Louisville culinary program proves it's female chefs," 22 Oct. 2019 In the world of Cowboy Bebop, this aggressively adorable pup has been genetically modified with super intelligence and deductive reasoning. Nick Romano,, "Cowboy Bebop's live-action Ein announces start of filming on Netflix series," 7 Oct. 2019 Puzzle-like tasks assessed their spatial, verbal and short-term memories, as well as their capacity for deductive reasoning, sustained attention, planning and clear expression. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "When It Comes to Sleep, One Size Fits All," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of deductive

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deductive

see deduct

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The first known use of deductive was in 1646

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“Deductive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of deductive

: using logic or reason to form a conclusion or opinion about something

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