Definition of retroductive in English:

retroductive

adjective

  • Originally: characterized by working backwards from effect to cause. Later: (Philosophy) characterized by or relating to retroduction. Also as adverb: = "retroductively".

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Bentley's Miscellany. From classical Latin retrōduct-, past participial stem of retrōdūcere retroduce + -ive, after retroduction.

Pronunciation

retroductive

/ˌrɛtrəˈdʌktɪv/