1. of, relating to, or involving electrical induction or magnetic induction.
  2. operating by induction: an inductive machine.
  3. of, relating to, or employing logical induction: inductive reasoning.
  4. Embryology. eliciting the action of an embryonic inducer.
  5. serving to induce; leading or influencing (usually followed by to).
  6. introductory.


  1. relating to, involving, or operated by electrical or magnetic inductionan inductive reactance
  2. logic maths of, relating to, or using inductioninductive reasoning
  3. serving to induce or cause
  4. a rare word for introductory
  5. biology producing a reaction within an organism, esp induction in embryonic tissue

early 15c., from Old French inductif or directly from Late Latin inductivus, from induct-, past participle stem of inducere (see induce). As a term in logic, from 1764.

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