inductive

adjective
in·​duc·​tive | \ in-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce inductive (audio) \

Definition of inductive

1 : of, relating to, or employing mathematical or logical induction inductive reasoning
2 : of or relating to inductance or electrical induction
4 : involving the action of an embryological organizer : tending to produce induction
5 : leading on : inducing

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Examples of inductive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This includes a battery large enough for all-day operation and the hardware needed for wireless inductive charging. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Musk says that Neuralink implants are close to ready for human testing," 29 Aug. 2020 Wireless Charging, Rebuilt Wireless charging tech uses inductive coils hidden inside a charging mat or phone stand to transmit power to receiving coils, which are built into devices like your phone. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "This Wireless Charger Imitates Apple’s AirPower Tech—Almost," 25 Aug. 2020 Currently, the team has been able to integrate inductive coils that can pick up power when a nearby primary source operates at high enough levels to power LEDs and other components. Katherine Harmon, Scientific American, "Skinlike Electronic Patch Takes Pulse, Promises New Human-Machine Integration," 11 Aug. 2011 However, the follow-up inductive inferences for the third and earlier weeks are not sound. Quanta Magazine, "Why Our Perpetual Energy Puzzle Fails," 22 May 2020 The Premium package nets satellite radio, inductive phone charging, the Burmester hi-fi, and a pair of screens on the dash for $2800. Car and Driver, "How We'd Spec It: What Cars C/D Editors Would Own for the 10Best Price Cap of $90K," 22 Apr. 2020 This generally means going from the particular to the general (as enshrined in the mnemonic PIG, for particular-inductive-general). Quanta Magazine, "Bongard Problems and Scientific Discovery," 8 June 2017 Meanwhile, wireless chips, motion and pressure sensors, display technology, inductive charging, and machine learning applications are being jammed into everyday health products. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Don't Brush Off Mouth Tech As a Passing Fad," 24 Jan. 2020 An inductive charging kit allows the Elite to get its power by brushing up against the docking station, instead of connecting its electrical contacts. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Robot Mowers to Take Care of the Lawn for You," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of inductive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

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“Inductive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inductive. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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inductive

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English Language Learners Definition of inductive

technical : using particular examples to reach a general conclusion about something

inductive

adjective
in·​duc·​tive | \ in-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce inductive (audio) \

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

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