Inductive

Definition of Inductive

In`duct´ive
a.1.
1.Leading or drawing; persuasive; tempting; - usually followed by to.
A brutish vice,
Inductive mainly to the sin of Eve.
- Milton.
2.Tending to induce or cause.
They may be . . . inductive of credibility.
- Sir M. Hale.
3.Leading to inferences; proceeding by, derived from, or using, induction; as, inductive reasoning.
4.(Physics) Operating by induction; as, an inductive electrical machine.
Inductive embarrassment
(Physics) the retardation in signaling on an electric wire, produced by lateral induction.
Inductive philosophy
See Philosophical induction, under Induction.
Inductive sciences
those sciences which admit of, and employ, the inductive method, as astronomy, botany, chemistry, etc.

Related Words

Baconian, a fortiori, a posteriori, a priori, analytic, categorical, conditional, deductive, dialectic, discursive, enthymematic, epagogic, hypothetical, inferential, introductory, maieutic, prefatory, prelim, preludial, prelusive, preparative, preparatory, proemial, soritical, syllogistic, synthetic
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