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

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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The phone was tucked into an inductive charging pocket in the SUVs’ center console. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "iPhone is all you need to start, and drive, the 2020 Lincoln Aviator," 20 Aug. 2019 Like the process of scientific discovery, Bongard problems and code-breaking games like Mastermind require the use of inductive reasoning. Quanta Magazine, "Bongard Problems and Scientific Discovery," 8 June 2017 Other things seem to be about the same: the new Versa will still feature Fitbit’s PurePulse heart rate sensor, charge over a proprietary inductive cable, support the company’s Fitbit Pay payment system, and offer 50 meters of water resistance. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Fitbit’s next Versa smartwatch leaks with Alexa and OLED display," 1 Aug. 2019 This month’s puzzle featured inductive visual Bongard problems that mimic the process of scientific reasoning. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Bongard Problems and Scientific Discovery’," 28 June 2017 Indianapolis will be the biggest U.S. city to receive wireless inductive chargers for electric buses. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "IndyGo says it has a fix for Red Line buses that don't go the distance. Here's how it's worked elsewhere.," 3 May 2019 Mophie Battery: Public inductive charging mats are (still) slow. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The World of 2045," 14 Oct. 2018 Accepting his invitation to follow this process provides a lesson in the value of close attention and inductive thinking. Hugh Raffles, WSJ, "‘A Naturalist at Large’ Review: The Habit of Taking a Closer Look," 30 Aug. 2018 This is the inductive button that replaced the Charge 2's physical button and lets users navigate back on the OLED touchscreen. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Fitbit Charge 3 review: Peppering a fitness tracker with smartwatch powers," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of inductive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of inductive

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


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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