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deduce

Line breaks: de¦duce
Pronunciation: /dɪˈdjuːs
 
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Definition of deduce in English:

verb

[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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
conclude, come to the conclusion, reason, work out, gather, infer, draw the inference;
extrapolate, glean, divine, intuit, come to understand, understand, assume, presume, conjecture, surmise, reckon, dare say;
North American figure
informal suss out
2 archaic Trace the course or derivation of: he cannot deduce his descent wholly by heirs male

Origin

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

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  • duct from (mid 17th century):

    Duct comes from Latin ductus meaning both ‘leading’ and ‘aqueduct’ formed from ducere ‘to lead’. The verb has produced numerous words in English including abduct (early 17th century) to lead away; conduct (Middle English) lead with; conduit (Middle English); deduce (Late Middle English) draw a conclusion from something; duke; educate (Late Middle English) ‘lead out’; induce (Late Middle English) lead in; introduce (Late Middle English) bring into (a group etc); produce (Late Middle English) ‘lead forward’; reduce (Late Middle English) bring back; seduce (Late Middle English) lead away (originally from duty, with the sexual sense developing in the M16th); subdue (Late Middle English) ‘draw from below’.

Derivatives

deducible

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

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