One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
Early 19th century (in an earlier sense). From abduct + -ive.
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