in·duc·tive /ɪnˈdəktɪv/ 形容詞
1. Leading or drawing; persuasive; tempting; -- usually followed by to.
A brutish vice,
Inductive mainly to the sin of Eve. --Milton.
2. Tending to induce or cause. [R.]
They may be . . . inductive of credibility. --Sir M. Hale.
3. Leading to inferences; proceeding by, derived from, or using, induction; as, inductive reasoning.
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.
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.
adj 1: relating to logical induction; "inductive thinking"
2: arising from inductance; "inductive reactance"
3: of reasoning; proceeding from particular facts to a general
conclusion; "inductive reasoning" [ant: deductive]
4: inducing or influencing; leading on; "inductive to the sin
of Eve"- John Milton [syn: inducive]