Lead the Way: Duc and Duct

Learn these words derived from the Latin roots duc and duct, meaning "to lead" or "to guide."

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  1. abduct
    take away to an undisclosed location against their will
    The biggest letdown about being abducted by aliens is the abundance of gravity on the spaceship.We Are the Ants
  2. abduction
    the criminal act of carrying someone away by force
    Every day, from the time of his abduction through his training, he prayed in his heart for a chance to escape.New York Times (Jun 21, 2017)
  3. adduce
    advance evidence for
    Adduce a pattern and you have to infer that the expansion will continue.Forbes (Feb 10, 2015)
  4. aqueduct
    a conduit that carries water over a valley
    Northern reservoirs funnel water to the southern half of the state through a complex system of concrete aqueducts.Washington Post (May 28, 2016)
  5. conducive
    tending to bring about; being partly responsible for
    As his own boss, he said he worked his schedule to be more conducive to creativity.Washington Times (Aug 23, 2017)
  6. conduct
    the way a person behaves toward other people
    Instead she continued to pretend that her son was doing fine, that his grades were good and his conduct was improving.Hoot
  7. conductivity
    the property of transmitting heat, electricity, or sound
    “Cast iron doesn’t drop in temperature as much as thinner pans with better conductivity,” like aluminum and stainless steel.New York Times (Jun 28, 2016)
  8. conductor
    the person who leads a musical group
    As the conductor waved his arms, he molded the air like handfuls of soft clay, and the musicians carefully followed his every direction.The Phantom Tollbooth
  9. deduce
    conclude by reasoning
    Hence a linguist would immediately deduce correctly that the English language arose in coastal northwestern Europe and spread around the world from there.Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
  10. deduct
    make a subtraction
    If a target is missed, there is a five-second penalty, which means they will deduct five seconds from your time.Washington Times (May 22, 2017)
  11. deduction
    reasoning from the general to the particular
    “To make sense of all this, I must use my powers of deduction,” Penelope thought to herself.The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling
  12. ducal
    of or belonging to or suitable for a duke
    Verona has the charm of ducal Italian cities: grandeur and intimacy at the same time.Forbes (Apr 5, 2015)
  13. duct
    an enclosed conduit for a fluid
    Every crevice, duct and electrical outlet is coated with a special sealant to prevent leakage.Wall Street Journal (Sep 14, 2016)
  14. ductile
    capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
    Materials that can undergo lots of plastic deformation before they finally break are called ductile.Scientific American (May 7, 2015)
  15. educate
    give knowledge acquired by learning and instruction
    But after she had her two children, Mom and our uncle Jim, she became a teacher because she didn’t trust anyone else to educate them.The Glass Castle
  16. educe
    bring out or develop, especially from a potential state
    The Latin root of the word educate is  ‘ educe,’ which means to draw out that which lies inside the student.Forbes (Nov 21, 2012)
  17. induce
    cause to arise
    Fear, he realizes, helps to keep him awake, so he decides to induce it.Enrique's Journey
  18. inducement
    a positive motivational influence
    While North America and Europe banned lavish gifts to doctors years ago, financial inducements remain commonplace in many parts of the world.Reuters (Jul 12, 2013)
  19. induct
    admit as a member
    Aretha Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Time (Sep 7, 2017)
  20. induction
    reasoning from detailed facts to general principles
    But there’s a difference between believing that, with reason—my induction from knowledge of the facts—and reporting it as a fact.Wall Street Journal (Jan 4, 2017)
  21. introduce
    bring something new to an environment
    The astrolabe was introduced to Europe by the eleventh century, where it saw wide use until the Renaissance.Circumference
  22. introduction
    the act of starting something for the first time
    There was once a state legislator in Wisconsin who objected to the introduction of daylight saving time despite all the good arguments for it.Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences
  23. irreducible
    incapable of being made smaller or simpler
    The Earth is a complex system, an irreducible complexity that defies simplification into computer models.Scientific American (Nov 30, 2015)
  24. produce
    cause to happen, occur or exist
    Good food is supposed to produce good conversation I’ve heard.The Pigman
  25. product
    a commodity offered for sale
    Everywhere I looked, I saw famous, widely advertised products sitting on laboratory desks and tables.Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
  26. production
    the act or process of making something
    Lawrence’s experience as an impresario of Big Science gave him an instinctive grasp of how to scale up a process from prototype to production.Big Science
  27. reduce
    make smaller
    The program reduces pollution and conserves natural resources.We Are the Ants
  28. reduction
    the act of decreasing something
    Higher rates of economic growth, facilitated by periodic doses of liberalization, pushed forward poverty reduction.The World Is Flat
  29. seduce
    lure or entice away from duty, principles, or proper conduct
    “Do not be seduced by false glamour; do not shirk your duties; do not wander off alone into the Wood at night.”Ash
  30. traduce
    speak unfavorably about
    They were watching for opportunities to traduce Franklin, to ruin his reputation, and if possible, to bring him into contempt.Abbott, John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot)

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