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1Characterized by the inference of general laws from particular instances.‘instinct rather than inductive reasoning marked her approach to life’
reasoned, well reasoned, rational, sound, cogent, well thought out, validView synonyms
- ‘When Hume argues that immediate inductive inferences are not valid, he seems to mean that they are not deductively valid.’
- ‘These considerations lead, however, to a more precise formulation of the logical structure of the inductive inference.’
- ‘In other words, testimony can only be a derivative source of epistemic warrant, not a ‘basic’ source like perception, memory, or inductive inference.’
- ‘Some of his points can, nonetheless, be interpreted as sound criticisms of oversimple methods of inductive inference.’
- ‘That methodology combines inductive and deductive procedures and has been identified as retroductive inference.’
- ‘The crucial questions, accordingly, are, first, exactly what the form of that inductive inference is, and, secondly, whether it is sound.’
- ‘By reflecting on this process and refining it, we arrive at the canons of inductive inference.’
- ‘The deductive and inductive procedures, applied to the sentences, produce the inferences.’
- ‘If inductive inference is disallowed then the following two directives are on a par.’
- ‘The difference between the method a priori and the method a posteriori is that the method a priori is an indirect inductive method.’
- ‘Let it be granted, then, that there is no such simple method of transforming inductive into deductive reasoning.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And this, I think, is true in general of inductive inferences.’
- ‘An inductive inference machine produces, from any enumeration of a partial function, a certain output sequence of numbers.’
- ‘The scientific method uses inductive rather than deductive logic.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But it might be because one party accepts inductive reasoning as valid and the other doesn't.’
- ‘But the inference is still an excellent inductive inference.’
- ‘Neither deductive nor inductive reasoning can account for the way in which we immediately see that such principles are true.’
2Relating to or caused by electric or magnetic induction.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Every transmission line has capacitive and inductive effects.’
- ‘The electronic timer is programmed by inductive coupling through a device installed in the muzzle of the cannon.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The inductive mechanism depends on cloud particles becoming polarized by existing electric fields.’
- ‘It uses the principle of magnetic inductive power transfer, which can already be found in rechargeable electric toothbrushes.’
- ‘The oscillator unit of the inductive plethysmograph is temperature-sensitive, which can give rise to drift.’
- ‘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 metal analysis was made by emission spectroscopy with plasma inductive connection in Perkin - Elmer equipment.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We determined the concentrations of 39 elements in hair by inductive coupled plasma mass spectrometry.’
- 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.
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