When you educe you first see the potential in something and then develop it. An artist sketching on scratch paper might later educe a painting from the casual sketches.

Educe can also be used as a synonym for deduce, meaning "to reach a conclusion." Suppose members of a jury have to decide whether someone is guilty of stealing. They use the facts in the case to educe the thief's motivation. Educe comes from the Latin word ducere, meaning "lead." Think of educe as leading to something else.

Definitions of educe
  1. verb
    deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)
    synonyms: draw out, elicit, evoke, extract
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    type of:
    construe, interpret, see
    make sense of; assign a meaning to
  2. verb
    develop or evolve from a latent or potential state
    synonyms: derive
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    etymologise, etymologize
    give the etymology or derivation or suggest an etymology (for a word)
    type of:
    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
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