Inductive is a way to describe something that leads to something else, so when applied to reasoning it just means you collect information and draw conclusions from what you observe.

Logical types may already be familiar with the word inductive as it relates to reasoning. Inductive reasoning is a way to make sense of things by making specific observations and then drawing broad conclusions based on those observations. For example, if you break out in hives every time you eat something with buckwheat flour but you’re fine eating other types of flour, you might use inductive reasoning to conclude you get hives from the buckwheat flour.

Definitions of inductive
  1. adjective
    inducing or influencing; leading on
    “" inductive to the sin of Eve"- John Milton”
    synonyms: inducive
    producing an effect
  2. adjective
    arising from inductance
    inductive reactance”
  3. adjective
    of reasoning; proceeding from particular facts to a general conclusion
    inductive reasoning”
    synthetic, synthetical
    of a proposition whose truth value is determined by observation or facts
    a posteriori
    involving reasoning from facts or particulars to general principles or from effects to causes
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    involving inferences from general principles
    analytic, analytical
    of a proposition that is necessarily true independent of fact or experience
    a priori
    involving deductive reasoning from a general principle to a necessary effect; not supported by fact
    capable of being deduced
    expressing or preceding an inference
    illative, inferential
    resembling or dependent on or arrived at by inference
    of reasoning; proceeding from general premisses to a necessary and specific conclusion
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