Revised as of 14 August 2017
This word confusion came about through my own curiosity. I think it was all those -uces that had me rolling adduce, deduce, and induce around in my mouth. Over and over, lol. At least, that was my excuse for exploring.
I did not expect to experience a further confusion with the difference between deduce and deduct!
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|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: adduce|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Verb, transitive||See also “Word Confusion: Deduce versus Deduct“
|Verb, transitive||Verb, transitive|
|Cite as evidence||Arrive at a fact or a conclusion by reasoning
Draw as a logical conclusion
|[Formal] Bring out or develop something latent or potential
||Succeed in persuading or influencing someone to do something
Bring about or give rise to
[Medicine] Bring on the birth of a baby artificially, typically by the use of drugs
[Logic] Derive by inductive reasoning
|A number of factors are adduced to explain the situation.
We could adduce many instances to corroborate this assertion.
One would expect Lebens to adduce evidence from other cases of state sanctions.
If, however, it will satisfy you that I adduce an illustration — Louisa Bellew was one of these.
|Little can be safely deduced from these figures.
They deduced that the fish died because of water pollution.
He cannot deduce his descent wholly by heirs male.
Sherlock Holmes deducted occupations by studying physical characteristics and objects they own.
|Out of love, obedience is to be educed.
More information can be educed from these statistics.
The gift of a puppy finally educed a response from the shy boy.
|The pickets induced many workers to stay away.
None of these measures induced a change of policy.
This growing and shrinking magnetic field can induce electrical current in another wire that is held close to the first wire.
Neutron radiation induces radioactivity in body tissues.
The doctors had to induce delivery when the baby began to stress.
From the statistics on past events, we were able to induce a pattern to the storms.
|Adjective: adduceable, adducible, unadduced, unadduceable, unadducible
|Adjective: deducible, nondeducible, subdeducible
Noun: deducibility, deducibleness
|Adjective: educible, eductive, uneduced
|Adjective: induced, inducible, inductive
Noun: inducer, induction, inductiveness
|History of the Word:|
|Late Middle English from the Latin adducere, which is from ad- (toward) + ducere (to lead).||Late Middle English in the sense of lead or convey and is from the Latin deducere, from de- (down) + ducere (lead).||First known use was in 1603 and is from the Latin educere meaning lead out, from e-, a variant of ex-, (out) + ducere (to lead).||Late Middle English (formerly also as enduce): from the Latin inducere meaning lead in, from in- (into) + ducere (to lead) or from the French enduire.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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