from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A leading or bringing back.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A leading or bringing back.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of retroducting, drawing back, or retracting.


Latin retroducere, retroductum, to lead or bring back; retro backward + ducere to lead. (Wiktionary)


  • This new type of argument Peirce called abduction (also, retroduction, and also, hypothesis).

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  • If it is not observed and later on leads to serious consequences, their cause can not possibly be sought out, because it can not be recognized as such, and because there have been so many intermediate steps that a correct retroduction is impossible.

    Criminal Psychology: a manual for judges, practitioners, and students

  • “retroduction” were Peirce's synonyms for the form of reasoning leading to conjectural hypotheses.



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