inductive

adjective

in·​duc·​tive in-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce inductive (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or employing mathematical or logical induction
inductive reasoning
2
: of or relating to inductance or electrical induction
3
4
: involving the action of an embryological organizer : tending to produce induction
5
: leading on : inducing
inductively adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Wallis included a novel and inductive method of determining the value of pi, and Newton wanted to devise something similar. Steven Strogatz, Quanta Magazine, 31 Aug. 2022 This is called inductive heating, and because the researchers designed their nanoparticles to spread out evenly within the solution, all parts of the tissue heat at the same time. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 1 Mar. 2017 Sherlock Holmes had unimpeachable inductive reasoning and a cocaine habit. Wsj Arts, WSJ, 2 Dec. 2022 The classic puzzle game of inductive logic is back, purer, and clearer than ever! Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Nov. 2022 Static charging is an inductive version of the electric charging that EV owners use today. Irene Wright, Dallas News, 7 July 2022 This argument is usually combined with the more fundamental problem of using inductive logic in science, especially biology, and how any cultural norms could be mistaken for biological facts. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 15 Aug. 2012 Sherlock Holmes had unimpeachable inductive reasoning and a cocaine habit. Wsj Arts, WSJ, 2 Dec. 2022 The markets don't have full kitchens, only inductive cooktops, hence the myriad cold preparations and raw crudo on the menu. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 13 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Time Traveler
The first known use of inductive was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Inductive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inductive. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

inductive

adjective
in·​duc·​tive in-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce inductive (audio)
: relating to, using, or based on induction
inductively adverb

Medical Definition

inductive

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