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Definition of Deduction


  1. Act or process of deducing or inferring.
  2. Act of deducting or taking away; subtraction; as, the deduction of the subtrahend from the minuend.
  3. That which is deduced or drawn from premises by a process of reasoning; an inference; a conclusion.
  4. That which is deducted; the part taken away; abatement; as, a deduction from the yearly rent.

Deduction Quotations

The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge.
Rene Descartes

The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
Albert Einstein

We are approaching a new age of synthesis. Knowledge cannot be merely a degree or a skill... it demands a broader vision, capabilities in critical thinking and logical deduction without which we cannot have constructive progress.
Li Ka-shing

The great changes in civilisation and society have been wrought by deeply held beliefs and passion rather than by a process of rational deduction.
Paul Keating

My first encounters with faith came about the time I was a Boy Scout, at about 14 or 15. I made the logical deduction that they operate the same way; I treated my faith like earning a merit badge, and everything about Christianity was about earning merit badges.
Max Lucado
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Deduction Translations

deduction in German is Abrechnung {f}, Abzug {m}, Ableitung {f}
deduction in Italian is remissione
deduction in Norwegian is fradrag
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