Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or based on deduction.
  • adj. Involving or using deduction in reasoning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or based on deduction.
  • adj. Based on inferences from general principles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to deduction; capable of being deduced from premises; deducible.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of deduction; of the nature of or based on inference from accepted principles.
  • Deduced; derived as a conclusion from accepted principles; relating to inference from a principle to the results of that principle in any special case.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to logical deduction
  • adj. involving inferences from general principles

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Examples

  • Deductive inconsistency so defined determines one kind of incoherence in belief, which I refer to as deductive incoherence.

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  • And I don't think Fido or neurons have concepts and hence my view that they are not the sorts of thing that engage in deductive inference.

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  • Now the method which was almost exclusively employed until Bacon's time is commonly called the deductive method; that is, some principle or premise was assumed to be true, and reasoning was made from this assumption.

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  • I second the motion, i watch all of them and then i decipher the bs, its called deductive reasoning!

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  • There are two ways that the laws of deductive logic have been thought to provide rational constraints on belief: (1) Synchronically, the laws of deductive logic can be used to define the notion of deductive consistency and inconsistency.

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  • Those who propound the deductivist stance argue that it eliminates the need to make the sometimes difficult decision whether a particular argument should be classified as deductive or inductive, that it greatly simplifies the structure of informal logic, and that it is useful to reconstruct the assumptions it recognizes as implicit premises (see Groarke [1999]).

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  • Therefore, using our trusty friend, aka deductive reasoning, evolution MUST be considered as valid scientific fact.

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  • The constraint of necessity is not sufficient to settle the notion of deductive validity, for the notion of necessity may also be fleshed out in a number of ways.

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  • We are more sure of Truth by the so-called deductive than by the so-called inductive ladder, and it was not without meaning that she was represented as dwelling at the bottom of a well, for she is more surely reached by descending to her abode from the so-called abstract, than by climbing with our feet on the slippery concrete.

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  • This so-called deductive method of Aristotle assumed as a starting-point some general of principle as a premise or hypothesis and thence proceeded, by logical reasoning, to deduce concrete applications or consequences.

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  • Holmes uses this reasoning when he is working on a case.

    June 18, 2012