Pronunciation: (in-duk'tiv), [key]
1. of, pertaining to, or involving electrical or magnetic induction.
2. operating by induction: an inductive machine.
3. of, pertaining to, or employing logical induction: inductive reasoning.
4. Embryol.eliciting the action of an embryonic inducer.
5. serving to induce; leading or influencing (usually fol. by to).
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