Definition of deduce in English:


Syllabification: de·duce
Pronunciation: /diˈd(y)o͞os


[with object]
  • 1Arrive at (a fact or a conclusion) by reasoning; draw as a logical conclusion: little can be safely deduced from these figures [with clause]: they deduced that the fish died because of water pollution
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    • The Academics took the part of the questioner, who puts questions to his interlocutors and deduces conclusions that are unwelcome to them from their answers.
    • Hempel and Oppenheim made the important logical point that statements about a phenomenon cannot be deduced from general laws alone.
    • And with a great leap of logical brilliance, he deduced that he was looking at a ceiling.
    conclude, reason, work out, infer; glean, divine, intuit, understand, assume, presume, conjecture, surmise, reckon
    informal figure out
  • 1.1 archaic Trace the course or derivation of: he cannot deduce his descent wholly by heirs male



Pronunciation: /-səbəl/
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  • However, it is true that if a sentence is deducible in a correct deductive system from others, then the sentence is a deductive consequence of them.
  • What this implies is that cognitive science must yield explanations of mind and culture that are deducible from antecedent conditions that cannot possibly be physical, neurophysiological, or mechanical events.
  • No written texts on healing in this tradition exist, but scholars say that guidelines for healing are deducible from the Kabbalah.


late Middle English (in the sense 'lead or convey'): from Latin deducere, from de- 'down' + ducere 'lead'.

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