from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Induction; more loosely, in rhetoric, proof by example; argumentation from a similar case or cases, or by contrast with dissimilar cases; rhetorical induction.
- noun [capitalized] [NL.] In entomology, a genus of lepidopterous insects.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Logic) The adducing of particular examples so as to lead to a universal conclusion; the argument by induction.
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- noun logic The
adducingof particular examplesso as to lead to a universal conclusion; the argumentby induction.
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In some cases, the premises have no authority aside from the partner's agreement; in others, Socrates provides an argument for premises, usually in the form of an epagoge, a general inference from a set of examples.