Definition of abductive in US English:

abductive

adjective

  • 1Anatomy and Zoology. That carries out abduction; of, relating to, or of the nature of abduction.

  • 2Of, involved in, or characterized by the abduction of a person by force, deception, etc.

  • 3Chiefly Philosophy. Originally in the writings of C. S. Peirce: (of reasoning, etc.) characterized by a process of abduction.

Origin

Early 19th century (in an earlier sense). From abduct + -ive.

Pronunciation

abductive

/əbˈdʌktɪv/