Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • v. advance evidence for

Etymologies

Latin addūcere, to bring to : ad-, ad- + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin adducere, adductum ("to lead or bring to"), from ad- + ducere ("to lead"). See duke, and confer adduct. (Wiktionary)

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

    August 10, 2012