Inductive

In*duct"ive

(?), a. [LL. inductivus: cf. F. inductif. See Induce.]
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1. Leading or drawing; persuasive; tempting; -- usually followed by to.
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A brutish vice,
Inductive mainly to the sin of Eve.
Milton.
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2. Tending to induce or cause. [R.]
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They may be . . . inductive of credibility.
Sir M. Hale.
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3. Leading to inferences; proceeding by, derived from, or using, induction; as, inductive reasoning.
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4. (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 inductive capacity.
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Inductive embarrassment (Physics), the retardation in signaling on an electric wire, produced by lateral induction. -- Inductive philosophy or 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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