deductive deductive  /dɪ ˈdək təv/


  1. (adj) relating to logical deduction
  2. (adj) involving inferences from general principles


  1. The reporting suggests that from the start the process was more deductive than empirical.
  2. Cuba's deductive Philo Vance reasoned to himself that plumbing plans were the clue.


  • Review: 'Sherlock Through the Looking Glass' tests sanity

    As a spate of spontaneous serial psychosis grips Victorian-era London, a theatrical classic lit mash-up pits the deductive reasoning of the world’s most famous fictional detective against the nonsensical conundrums of a fictionalized Lewis Carroll in “Sherlock Through the Looking Glass,” from North Hollywood’s Porters of Hellsgate. Despite a premise with intriguing possibilities, the play’s ...
    on August 20, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times


  1. "There's an intelligence that goes with being a good cop," Mr. Imperioli said of why he likes the role. "Intuitiveness: they have to be actors, they have to have deductive reasoning, knowledge about a great deal of subjects."
    on Oct 29, 2008 By: Michael Imperioli Source: New York Times

  2. Original pulp writer Lester Dent described Savage as "a mix of Sherlock Holmes' deductive abilities, Tarzan's outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy's scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln's goodness."
    on Mar 1, 2010 By: Lester Dent Source:

  3. "I don't like talking about my health issues in the media," Wilson said. "I'm going out there the best I can. Some of you have seen me at 100 percent, some of you have seen me at less than 100 percent. Use your deductive reasoning. Sometimes...
    on Aug 4, 2008 By: CJ Wilson Source:

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