Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To cite as an example or means of proof in an argument.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To bring forward, present, or offer; advance; cite; name or instance as authority or evidence for what one advances.
  • Synonyms Adduce, Allege, Assign, Advance, Offer, Cite. Offer and assign are the least forcible of these words. To offer is simply to present for acceptance. We may offer a plea, an apology, or an excuse, but it may not be accepted. We may assign a reason, but it may not be the real or only reason which might be given by us. We may advance an opinion or a theory, and may cite authorities in support of it Allege is the most positive of all these words. To allege is to make an unsupported statement regarding something; to adduce, on the other hand, is to bring forward proofs or evidence in support of some statement or proposition already made: as, he alleged that he had been robbed by A. B., but adduced no proof in support of his allegation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To bring forward or offer, as an argument, passage, or consideration which bears on a statement or case; to cite; to allege.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To bring forward or offer, as an argument, passage, or consideration which bears on a statement or case; to cite; to allege.

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

  • verb advance evidence for

Etymologies

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

[Latin addūcere, to bring to : ad-, ad- + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin adducere, adductum ("to lead or bring to"), from ad- + ducere ("to lead"). See duke, and confer adduct.

Examples

  • To win, “Virgin Mobile must adduce evidence that would permit a reasonable jury to find that someone committed an act of direct infringement and that MetroPCS either intentionally induced that person to commit the act or continued to supply reflashed handsets to that person when it knew or had reason to know that he was engaging in trademark infringement.”

    Flash forward: cellphone lawsuit continues

  • On the one hand, I really, honestly, do see, hear, and experience everything that atheists adduce as evidence that God is an illusion.

    Eliot Daley: My Memo To Atheists: Why I Choose God

  • As long as events adduce to the growth of government, Obama is satisfied to take no action.

    Never let an oil leak go to waste? | RedState

  • To win, “Virgin Mobile must adduce evidence that would permit a reasonable jury to find that someone committed an act of direct infringement and that MetroPCS either intentionally induced that person to commit the act or continued to supply reflashed handsets to that person when it knew or had reason to know that he was engaging in trademark infringement.”

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • Wilberforce was quite prepared to allow science unfettered freedom to research, and to accepts its findings, just because he did not think that science was the sole truth; if facts emerged which proved that men were descended from some primordial fungus, he could agree, but go on to enter a further ` but ', and adduce further considerations that marked humanity off from the rest of creation.

    May 7th, 2009

  • On the other hand, if events adduce to the furtherance of law, independence, freedom, then he spares no effort to squelch it.

    Never let an oil leak go to waste? | RedState

  • Additionally, suppose the designer placed into the cell some other systems for which we cannot adduce enough evidence to conclude design.

    Behe, Common Descent, & UD

  • What evidence can you adduce that we are plagued by a great many “frivolous” medical malpractice suits?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen

  • And what examples can you adduce of “inflammatory speech” by VC bloggers?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » A Reminder About Comments

  • Pundits who want to cut doctors 'pay never adduce any credible reasons for their proposal.

    Physician Pay, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

Comments

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  • She adduced a number of arguments to explain how important population control is for China and India.

    August 10, 2012