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.’
    • ‘Let it be granted, then, that there is no such simple method of transforming inductive into deductive reasoning.’
    • ‘The crucial questions, accordingly, are, first, exactly what the form of that inductive inference is, and, secondly, whether it is sound.’
    • ‘And this, I think, is true in general of inductive inferences.’
    • ‘Neither deductive nor inductive reasoning can account for the way in which we immediately see that such principles are true.’
    • ‘That methodology combines inductive and deductive procedures and has been identified as retroductive inference.’
    • ‘The scientific method uses inductive rather than deductive logic.’
    • ‘In other words, testimony can only be a derivative source of epistemic warrant, not a ‘basic’ source like perception, memory, or inductive inference.’
    • ‘An inductive inference machine produces, from any enumeration of a partial function, a certain output sequence of numbers.’
    • ‘The difference between the method a priori and the method a posteriori is that the method a priori is an indirect inductive method.’
    • ‘But the inference is still an excellent inductive inference.’
    • ‘By reflecting on this process and refining it, we arrive at the canons of inductive inference.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their models, they say, are neither deductive nor inductive, they are generative.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When Hume argues that immediate inductive inferences are not valid, he seems to mean that they are not deductively valid.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These considerations lead, however, to a more precise formulation of the logical structure of the inductive inference.’
    • ‘Some of his points can, nonetheless, be interpreted as sound criticisms of oversimple methods of inductive inference.’
    reasoned, well reasoned, rational, sound, cogent, well thought out, valid
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  • 2Relating to or caused by electric or magnetic induction.

    • ‘The heads are a two-bump, self-cleaning design with magneto-resistive read heads and inductive write heads.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It uses the principle of magnetic inductive power transfer, which can already be found in rechargeable electric toothbrushes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every transmission line has capacitive and inductive effects.’
    • ‘The oscillator unit of the inductive plethysmograph is temperature-sensitive, which can give rise to drift.’
    • ‘We determined the concentrations of 39 elements in hair by inductive coupled plasma mass spectrometry.’
    • ‘The inductive sensor may be, for example, a Rogowski coil.’
    • ‘The inductive mechanism depends on cloud particles becoming polarized by existing electric fields.’
    • ‘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 electronic timer is programmed by inductive coupling through a device installed in the muzzle of the cannon.’
    • ‘The metal analysis was made by emission spectroscopy with plasma inductive connection in Perkin - Elmer equipment.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1Possessing 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 dates from the mid 18th century.