[dih-duhk-tiv] /dɪˈdʌk tɪv/
based on from accepted premises, as in deductive argument; deductive reasoning.
of or relating to deduction: deductive reasoning
1640s, from Latin deductivus, from deduct-, past participle stem of deducere “to deduce” (see deduce). Related: Deductively.
[dih-fek-tiv] /dɪˈfɛk tɪv/ adjective 1. having a or flaw; faulty; imperfect: a defective machine. 2. Psychology. characterized by subnormal intelligence or behavior. 3. Grammar. (of an inflected word or its inflection) lacking one or more of the inflected forms proper to most words of the same class in the language, as English must, which occurs […]
[dih-fen-siv] /dɪˈfɛn sɪv/ adjective 1. serving to defend; protective: defensive armament. 2. made or carried on for the purpose of resisting attack: defensive treaty; a defensive attitude. 3. of or relating to defense. 4. 5. excessively concerned with guarding against the real or imagined threat of criticism, injury to one’s ego, or exposure of one’s […]
[def-uh-nit] /ˈdɛf ə nɪt/ adjective 1. clearly or determined; not vague or general; fixed; precise; exact: a definite quantity; definite directions. 2. having fixed limits; bounded with precision: a definite area. 3. positive; certain; sure: It is definite that he will take the job. 4. ; limiting. 5. Botany. (of an inflorescence) determinate. /ˈdɛfɪnɪt/ adjective […]
[verb dih-jen-uh-reyt; adjective, noun dih-jen-er-it] /verb dɪˈdʒɛn əˌreɪt; adjective, noun dɪˈdʒɛn ər ɪt/ verb (used without object), degenerated, degenerating. 1. to fall below a normal or desirable level in physical, mental, or moral qualities; deteriorate: The morale of the soldiers degenerated, and they were unable to fight. 2. to diminish in quality, especially from a […]