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

Examples of inductive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Batteries are recharged using inductive charging and data transfer is either over Wi-Fi when above water or via an optical modem when below the surface. IEEE Spectrum, 11 Mar. 2024 The idea is that while driving down roadways with inductive charging capability — again, not something that can be found anywhere today — the Halcyon will charge itself. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 13 Feb. 2024 In their analysis of decarbonization methods, DC-MUSE researchers identified pathways including resistive, microwave, and inductive heating strategies. IEEE Spectrum, 4 Dec. 2023 The concept is simple: turn every tire into an inductive charging pad for your EV. Tim Stevens, The Verge, 17 Nov. 2023 The show’s title is a reference to Sherlock Holmes, as Dr. House is a medical sleuth who uses inductive reasoning to diagnose baffling diseases à la Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous character. Todd Spangler, Variety, 6 Nov. 2023 Smith said above-ground solutions like cameras bring much more capability compared the the binary nature of inductive loop detectors. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 8 Sep. 2023 Seeing inductive roadways on Dallas streets may still be years away, but the practical applications of inductive charging could be game-changing. Irene Wright, Dallas News, 7 July 2022 Our top-level all-wheel-drive Avenir came swathed in leather upholstery, with a heated steering wheel and an inductive charging pad am0ng the niceties. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 13 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

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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 16 Apr. 2024.

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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