Definitions of inductive

  1. inducing or influencing; leading on; " inductive to the sin of Eve"- John Milton
  2. relating to logical induction; " inductive thinking"
  3. ( logic) of reasoning; proceeding from particular facts to a general conclusion; " inductive reasoning"
  4. ( electricity) arising from inductance; " inductive reactance"
  5. of reasoning; proceeding from particular facts to a general conclusion; " inductive reasoning"
  6. arising from inductance; " inductive reactance"
  7. Tending to induce or cause.
  8. Leading to inferences; proceeding by, derived from, or using, induction; as, inductive reasoning.
  9. Operating by induction; as, an inductive electrical machine.
  10. Facilitating induction; susceptible of being acted upon by induction; as certain substances have a great inductive capacity.
  11. Leading or drawing; persuasive; tempting; - usually followed by to.
  12. Proceeding by the process of leading from one thing to another; producing an electrical or magnetic effect by nearness to a magnetized or electrified field; reasoning from discovered facts; reaching conclusions through experiment.
  13. Inductively.
  15. Leading or drawing: leading to inferences: proceeding by induction in reasoning.
  16. Pertaining to induction; proceeding or produced by induction.
  17. Leading or drawing; tending to induce; leading to inferences; proceeding by induction. The inductive method, the process, as distinct from the deductive, by which we conclude from particular instances to general principles.
  18. Leading to inferences; operating by induction.

Antonyms for inductive

deductive, illative, derivable, Inferable, reasoned, a priori, deducible, noncausative, inferential, noncausal.

Usage examples for inductive

  1. This, of course, assumes the inductive principle, of which the truth may reasonably be questioned; but as this principle is not our present concern, I shall in this discussion treat it as indubitable. – Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays by Bertrand Russell
  2. The life of Francis Bacon, " the father of inductive philosophy," as he has been called- better, the founder of inductive logic- belongs to English history, and the bulk of his writings, in Latin and English, to the history of English philosophy. – Brief History of English and American Literature by Henry A. Beers
  3. If every student of geology, early in his career, could have a day on the witness stand on a geologic problem, under both direct and cross examination, he would learn once and for all the necessity for close and accurate thinking, the difference between a fact and an inference, and the difference between inductive study of facts and the subjective approach to a problem. – The Economic Aspect of Geology by C. K. Leith
  4. But the inductive study of modern history shows it as a force dominating the course of events, directing and " operating" the minor forces which worked unconsciously in the fulfilment of its purpose. – Problems of Poverty by John A. Hobson
  5. Such numbers, therefore, may be called non- inductive – Our Knowledge of the External World as a Field for Scientific Method in Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
  6. In a word, method and object are here of the same nature as in the inductive sciences, in that observation is always external and the result always general. – Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic by Henri Bergson
  7. For here we had come upon the crucial fact to which, as I have said, all sound inductive reasoning brings one sooner or later. – The Mystery of 31 New Inn by R. Austin Freeman
  8. The inductive philosophy takes nothing for granted. – A Practical Enquiry into the Philosophy of Education by James Gall
  9. So it was with that Inductive Physical Science, which helped more than all to break up the superstitions of the Ancien Regime, and to set man face to face with the facts of the universe. – The Ancien Regime by Charles Kingsley
  10. This task is left to inductive logic, the aim of which is to establish, if possible, a test of material truth and falsity. – Deductive Logic by St. George Stock
  11. Inductive inquiry having for its object to ascertain what causes are connected with what effects, we may begin this search at either end of the road which leads from the one point to the other: we may either inquire into the effects of a given cause, or into the causes of a given effect. – A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2) by John Stuart Mill
  12. The explanation that he was building up his great system of inductive philosophy is quite inadequate. – The Mystery of Francis Bacon by William T. Smedley
  13. But the true inductive method was not discovered by Bacon, and the true method of science is something which includes deduction as much as induction, logic and mathematics as much as botany and geology. – Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays by Bertrand Russell
  14. The opposition is not between the terms Deductive and Inductive but between Deductive and Experimental. – A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2) by John Stuart Mill
  15. It is the inductive method. – The Moral Instruction of Children by Felix Adler
  16. Such a conclusion is based upon a belief established by an inductive process. – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks
  17. And again: " The inductive and productive methods of instruction contain the essence of modern improvements." – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  18. The Founder of Inductive Philosophy. – A Brief Handbook of English Authors by Oscar Fay Adams
  19. What more complete inductive proof can we have of the efficiency of our will- action on the external world? – Ontology or the Theory of Being by Peter Coffey
  20. Such in plain language is the whole doctrine of Inductive Argument. – Logic, Inductive and Deductive by William Minto