In*duct"ive(?), a. [LL. inductivus: cf. F. inductif. See Induce.]
1. Leading or drawing; persuasive; tempting; -- usually followed by to.
A brutish vice,Milton.
Inductive mainly to the sin of Eve.
2. Tending to induce or cause.
They may be . . . inductive of credibility.Sir M. Hale.
3. Leading to inferences; proceeding by, derived from, or using, induction; as,
(Physics) (a) Operating by induction; as, an
inductive electrical machine. (b) Facilitating induction; susceptible of being acted upon by induction; as, certain substances have a great
(Physics), the retardation in signaling on an electric wire, produced by lateral induction. --
Inductive method. See
Philosophical induction, under Induction. --
Inductive sciences, those sciences which admit of, and employ, the inductive method, as astronomy, botany, chemistry, etc.
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