inductive

adjective
in·​duc·​tive | \in-ˈdək-tiv \

Definition of inductive 

1 : leading on : inducing

2 : of, relating to, or employing mathematical or logical induction inductive reasoning

3 : of or relating to inductance or electrical induction

5 : involving the action of an embryological organizer : tending to produce induction

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Other Words from inductive

inductively adverb

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Wireless, or inductive, charging is the next frontier for hybrid and electric vehicles that one day will charge in much the way your new toothbrush or cellphone does. Stephen Williams, New York Times, "For Electric Cars Without a Plug, Thank Tesla (the Scientist)," 31 May 2018 Designers Kram/Weisshaar have debuted a wafer-thin table, the SmartSlab, which miraculously squeezes heating and cooling units, inductive cooking and charging modules, and wireless transponders and antennas into its sleek design. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "A Smart Dining Table To Keep Food Warm And Drinks Cold," 19 Apr. 2016 This inductive account sounded very logical and sensible. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Mind-Expanding Ideas of Andy Clark," 26 Mar. 2018 Modern amenities include an available 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, inductive cellphone charging, and OnStar connectivty. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD / 5500HD / 6500HD: Chassis Cab Flexin'," 9 Mar. 2018 The trade-war stuff that’s going on with Mr. Trump is not necessarily the most inductive to rising stock prices. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Money matters to Brewers pitching prospect Jon Perrin," 6 Mar. 2018 Proponents of inductive charging say the technology’s first application could be for city buses or trucks. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Thinking of buying an electric vehicle? Here's what you need to know about charging," 25 Jan. 2018 Other available features include a flip-up head-up display and wireless inductive charging for personal electronics. Bengt Halvorson, Car and Driver, "2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Boasts a Big Battery," 28 Feb. 2018 Basic, inductive charging is the more likely of the two outcomes here. Michael Desjardin, USA TODAY, "Here are all the iPhone 8 rumors we know about, including the crazy ones," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of inductive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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inductive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of inductive

: using particular examples to reach a general conclusion about something

inductive

adjective
in·​duc·​tive | \in-ˈdək-tiv \

Medical Definition of inductive 

1 : of or relating to inductance or electrical induction

2 : involving the action of an embryological inductor : tending to produce induction the inductive effect of chordamesoderm inductive reactions in the embryo

Other Words from inductive

inductively adverb

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