1characterized by the inference of general laws from particular instances:instinct rather than inductive reasoning marked her approach to life
2relating to or caused by electric or magnetic induction.
late Middle English (in the sense 'leading to'): from Old French inductif, -ive or late Latin inductivus 'hypothetical' (later 'inducing, leading to'), from Latin inducere(see induce). inductive (sense 1) dates from the mid 18th century
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Definition of inductive in the US English dictionary