Deductive
Deductive De*duct"ive, a. [Cf. L. deductivus derivative.] Of or pertaining to deduction; capable of being deduced from premises; deducible. [1913 Webster]

All knowledge of causes is deductive. --Glanvill. [1913 Webster]

Notions and ideas . . . used in a deductive process. --Whewell. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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