Definition of abduce in English:

abduce

verb

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

  • 2with object Adduce. Now rare.

  • 3with 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/