Definition of abduce in English:

abduce

verb

  • 1Anatomy
    rare with object Anatomy = abduct. Now rare.

  • 2rare with object = adduce. Now rare.

  • 3Philosophy
    with object Chiefly Philosophy. Originally with reference to the writings of C. S. Peirce: to form or infer (a hypothesis or explanation) by a process of abduction.

Origin

Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin abdūcere abduct.

Pronunciation:

abduce

/əbˈdjuːs//əbˈdʒuːs/