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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inductive mean? 

INDUCTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective INDUCTIVE has 3 senses:

1. arising from inductance
2. of reasoning; proceeding from particular facts to a general conclusion
3. inducing or influencing; leading on

  Familiarity information: INDUCTIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

INDUCTIVE (adjective)

Sense 1inductive [BACK TO TOP]


Arising from inductance

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

inductive reactance

Domain category:

electricity (a physical phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons and protons)


inductance (an electrical phenomenon whereby an electromotive force (EMF) is generated in a closed circuit by a change in the flow of current)

Sense 2inductive [BACK TO TOP]


Of reasoning; proceeding from particular facts to a general conclusion

Context example:

inductive reasoning


synthetic; synthetical (of a proposition whose truth value is determined by observation or facts)

a posteriori (involving reasoning from facts or particulars to general principals or from effects to causes)

Domain category:

logic (the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference)


deductive (involving inferences from general principles)

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Inducing or influencing; leading on


inducive; inductive

Context example:

inductive to the sin of Eve


causative (producing an effect)

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