Definition of inductive in English:



  • 1Characterized by the inference of general laws from particular instances.

    ‘instinct rather than inductive reasoning marked her approach to life’
    • ‘If inductive inference is disallowed then the following two directives are on a par.’
    • ‘By reflecting on this process and refining it, we arrive at the canons of inductive inference.’
    • ‘The crucial questions, accordingly, are, first, exactly what the form of that inductive inference is, and, secondly, whether it is sound.’
    • ‘These considerations lead, however, to a more precise formulation of the logical structure of the inductive inference.’
    • ‘An inductive inference machine produces, from any enumeration of a partial function, a certain output sequence of numbers.’
    • ‘But it might be because one party accepts inductive reasoning as valid and the other doesn't.’
    • ‘The deductive and inductive procedures, applied to the sentences, produce the inferences.’
    • ‘Some of his points can, nonetheless, be interpreted as sound criticisms of oversimple methods of inductive inference.’
    • ‘The difference between the method a priori and the method a posteriori is that the method a priori is an indirect inductive method.’
    • ‘Their models, they say, are neither deductive nor inductive, they are generative.’
    • ‘Indeed, the same utterance may be used to present either a deductive or an inductive argument, deepening on the intentions of the person advancing it.’
    • ‘Neither deductive nor inductive reasoning can account for the way in which we immediately see that such principles are true.’
    • ‘Heraclitus stresses the inductive rather than the deductive method of grasping the world, a world that is rationally structured, if we can but discern its shape.’
    • ‘When Hume argues that immediate inductive inferences are not valid, he seems to mean that they are not deductively valid.’
    • ‘In other words, testimony can only be a derivative source of epistemic warrant, not a ‘basic’ source like perception, memory, or inductive inference.’
    • ‘But the inference is still an excellent inductive inference.’
    • ‘The scientific method uses inductive rather than deductive logic.’
    • ‘That methodology combines inductive and deductive procedures and has been identified as retroductive inference.’
    • ‘And this, I think, is true in general of inductive inferences.’
    • ‘Let it be granted, then, that there is no such simple method of transforming inductive into deductive reasoning.’
    reasoned, well reasoned, rational, sound, cogent, well thought out, valid
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  • 2Relating to or caused by electric or magnetic induction.

    • ‘This cable route tracer can trace and determine the depth of any conductive line and trace energized or de-energized lines through inductive or conductive coupling.’
    • ‘Other techniques of electrical stimulation involve capacitive coupling and inductive coupling pulsed electromagnetic stimulation.’
    • ‘Because additional ground lines have not been added, inductive coupling in the connector introduces a significant amount of crosstalk during switching.’
    • ‘The oscillator unit of the inductive plethysmograph is temperature-sensitive, which can give rise to drift.’
    • ‘The electronic timer is programmed by inductive coupling through a device installed in the muzzle of the cannon.’
    • ‘The inductive sensor may be, for example, a Rogowski coil.’
    • ‘The heads are a two-bump, self-cleaning design with magneto-resistive read heads and inductive write heads.’
    • ‘It uses the principle of magnetic inductive power transfer, which can already be found in rechargeable electric toothbrushes.’
    • ‘Every transmission line has capacitive and inductive effects.’
    • ‘The inductive properties of cables carrying alternating current at 400 Hz frequency cause losses that are up to seven times greater than the same cable carrying current at 60 Hz.’
    • ‘The metal analysis was made by emission spectroscopy with plasma inductive connection in Perkin - Elmer equipment.’
    • ‘The inductive mechanism depends on cloud particles becoming polarized by existing electric fields.’
    • ‘We determined the concentrations of 39 elements in hair by inductive coupled plasma mass spectrometry.’
    • ‘But the magneto-resistant head was a totally different concept from the inductive head, which required you to do half the disk rotation in order to read it.’
    1. 2.1 Possessing inductance.


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘leading to’): from Old French inductif, -ive or late Latin inductivus ‘hypothetical’ (later ‘inducing, leading to’), from Latin inducere (see induce). inductive (sense 1) dates from the mid 18th century.