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[in-duhk-tiv] /ɪnˈdʌk tɪv/

of, relating to, or involving electrical induction or .
operating by :
an inductive machine.
of, relating to, or employing logical :
inductive reasoning.
Embryology. eliciting the action of an embryonic inducer.
serving to ; leading or influencing (usually followed by to).
relating to, involving, or operated by electrical or magnetic induction: an inductive reactance
(logic, maths) of, relating to, or using induction: inductive reasoning
serving to induce or cause
a rare word for introductory
(biology) producing a reaction within an organism, esp induction in embryonic tissue

early 15c., from Old French inductif or directly from Late Latin inductivus, from induct-, past participle stem of inducere (see induce). As a term in logic, from 1764.


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