Definition of deductive
1 : of, relating to, or provable by deriving conclusions by reasoning : of, relating to, or provable by deduction (see deduction 2a) deductive principles
2 : employing deduction in reasoning conclusions based on deductive logic
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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In cases of viruses that are aimed at specific targets, or serial virus writers, deductive profiling can be useful in tracking down the virus creator, Gordon said.
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DEDUCTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deductive for English Language Learners
: using logic or reason to form a conclusion or opinion about something
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