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Definition of Inductive


  1. Leading or drawing; persuasive; tempting; -- usually followed by to.
  2. Tending to induce or cause.
  3. Leading to inferences; proceeding by, derived from, or using, induction; as, inductive reasoning.
  4. Operating by induction; as, an inductive electrical machine.
  5. Facilitating induction; susceptible of being acted upon by induction; as certain substances have a great inductive capacity.

Inductive Quotations

The deductive method is the mode of using knowledge, and the inductive method the mode of acquiring it.
Henry Mayhew

You should carefully study the Art of Reasoning, as it is what most people are very deficient in, and I know few things more disagreeable than to argue, or even converse with a man who has no idea of inductive and deductive philosophy.
William John Wills

Inductive reason, which alone makes man master of his environment, is an achievement; and when once born it must be reinforced by inhibiting the growth of other modes of knowledge.
Muhammad Iqbal

I distrust thought. The interior life is highly overrated. I don't like the wispy and the vague... or inductive logic in any kind of writing. I'm impatient with writers who make too much sense. The better things that I've done have come to me by instinct.
Barry Hannah

What hadn't been realized in the literature until now is that merely to describe how severely something has been tested in the past itself embodies inductive assumptions, even as a statement about the past.
Robert Nozick
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Inductive Translations

inductive in German is induktiv
inductive in Spanish is inductivo
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