'Inductive' definitions:

Definition of 'inductive'

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Arising from inductance; "inductive reactance"
Of reasoning; proceeding from particular facts to a general conclusion; "inductive reasoning" [ant: deductive]
Inducing or influencing; leading on; "inductive to the sin of Eve"- John Milton [syn: inductive, inducive]

Definition of 'Inductive'

  • Inductive \In*duct"ive\, a. [LL. inductivus: cf. F. inductif. See Induce.] [1913 Webster]
  • 1. Leading or drawing; persuasive; tempting; -- usually followed by to. [1913 Webster]
  • A brutish vice, Inductive mainly to the sin of Eve. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
  • 2. Tending to induce or cause. [R.] [1913 Webster]
  • They may be . . . inductive of credibility. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]
  • 3. Leading to inferences; proceeding by, derived from, or using, induction; as, inductive reasoning. [1913 Webster]
  • 4. (Physics) (a) Operating by induction; as, an inductive electrical machine. (b) Facilitating induction; susceptible of being acted upon by induction; as, certain substances have a great inductive capacity. [1913 Webster]
  • Inductive embarrassment (Physics), the retardation in signaling on an electric wire, produced by lateral induction.
  • Inductive philosophy or Inductive method. See Philosophical induction, under Induction.
  • Inductive sciences, those sciences which admit of, and employ, the inductive method, as astronomy, botany, chemistry, etc. [1913 Webster]