Definition of inductive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdʌktɪv/


1Characterized by the inference of general laws from particular instances: instinct rather than inductive reasoning marked her approach to life
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  • Let it be granted, then, that there is no such simple method of transforming inductive into deductive reasoning.
  • These considerations lead, however, to a more precise formulation of the logical structure of the inductive inference.
  • Some of his points can, nonetheless, be interpreted as sound criticisms of oversimple methods of inductive inference.
2Relating to or caused by electric or magnetic induction.
Example sentences
  • It uses the principle of magnetic inductive power transfer, which can already be found in rechargeable electric toothbrushes.
  • The inductive sensor may be, for example, a Rogowski coil.
  • Other techniques of electrical stimulation involve capacitive coupling and inductive coupling pulsed electromagnetic stimulation.



Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdʌktɪvli/
Example sentences
  • For qualitative researchers, concepts and theories are usually inductively arrived at from the data that are collected.
  • Natural science, proceeding inductively, aims at turning philosophy into an exact science.
  • My first job was a research assistantship looking at a new analytical technique called inductively coupled plasma spectrometry.


Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdʌktɪvnəs/
Example sentences
  • However, while this element of inductiveness undoubtedly exists in the approach outlined, it is typically deemed to be predominantly deductive in orientation.
  • This measure is scored as a three-point rating (no inductiveness, some inductiveness, and all inductiveness).
  • What if the inductiveness proof itself is hard?


Late Middle English (in the sense 'leading to'): from Old French inductif, -ive or late Latin inductivus 'hypothetical' (later 'inducing, leading to'), from Latin inducere (see induce). sense 1 dates from the mid 18th century.

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