inductive

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.

Primary Meanings of inductive

1.
adj
inducing or influencing; leading on
2.
adj
of reasoning; proceeding from particular facts to a general conclusion
Full Definitions of inductive
1

adj inducing or influencing; leading on

“" inductive to the sin of Eve"- John Milton”
Synonyms:
inducive
causative
producing an effect

adj arising from inductance

inductive reactance”
2

adj of reasoning; proceeding from particular facts to a general conclusion

inductive reasoning”
Synonyms:
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
Antonyms:
deductive
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
deducible
capable of being deduced
illative
expressing or preceding an inference
illative, inferential
resembling or dependent on or arrived at by inference
inferential
of reasoning; proceeding from general premisses to a necessary and specific conclusion
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