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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Other Words from inductive

inductively adverb

Examples of inductive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keep your devices ready for anytime use with the inductive charging base. Jennifer Signorelli, Chron, 28 June 2021 Many audiences—in a business meeting, for example—are of course composed of both inductive and deductive thinkers. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Less familiar topics should take an inductive approach. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 7 June 2021 That’s inductive charging that involves placing the device on a charging mat. Chris Smith, BGR, 4 June 2021 The language should be deductive, based on specific facts and information, not inductive, or trying to draw conclusions or explain what happened. Nell Derick Debevoise, Forbes, 29 May 2021 Perhaps most important is a first-rate inductive educational system. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 22 Apr. 2021 Conjectures arise from inductive reasoning — a kind of intuition about an interesting problem — and proofs generally follow deductive, step-by-step logic. Quanta Magazine, 27 Aug. 2020 Their arsenal of ghost-busting equipment includes the Talker (a.k.a. an inductive sensor), which captures electromagnetic waves and converts them into words. Lorraine Ali Television Critic, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 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 27 Sep. 2021.

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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 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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inductively adverb

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