Deductive thinking is based on logic and the facts. A good detective can use deductive reasoning to find a killer.
If you want to know how to be deductive, read a Sherlock Holmes book or watch the show "House" (about a clever doctor who is based on Holmes). Both Holmes and House are masters of looking at the facts — which are often confusing — and making deductive conclusions. Thinking deductively involves critical thinking and careful attention to detail, not guessing or making things up. That's why being deductive is one of the best ways to crack a case.
adj relating to logical deduction
adj involving inferences from general principles
of a proposition that is necessarily true independent of fact or experience
involving deductive reasoning from a general principle to a necessary effect; not supported by fact
capable of being deduced
expressing or preceding an inference
resembling or dependent on or arrived at by inference
of reasoning; proceeding from general premisses to a necessary and specific conclusion
of reasoning; proceeding from particular facts to a general conclusion
of a proposition whose truth value is determined by observation or facts
involving reasoning from facts or particulars to general principles or from effects to causes
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