de·​duc·​tive | \ di-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce deductive (audio) , dē- \

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 Games like Wordle can sharpen our deductive reasoning skills, Lightfoot adds. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 Senior executives tend to prefer deductive organization for sure. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 7 June 2021 There is an abundance of deductive speculation among Gamache and his team, and the brainstorming continues even after the suspects are gathered for a final confrontation. Tom Nolan, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 The language should be deductive, based on specific facts and information, not inductive, or trying to draw conclusions or explain what happened. Nell Derick Debevoise, Forbes, 29 May 2021 Both of those trains of thought still use deductive reasoning, even if not accurate., 12 July 2021 Many audiences—in a business meeting, for example—are of course composed of both inductive and deductive thinkers. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Many are deductive in reasoning, using logic to ask, challenge, probe, and analyze. Ronald C. White, Time, 10 June 2021 In the show, Dr. House, an extremely cranky but brilliant practitioner, was able to employ deductive reasoning to solve even the most baffling medical issues. Joe Mckendrick, Forbes, 5 June 2021

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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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16 Jan 2022

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“Deductive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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