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as in:  logical induction

Although reasoning by induction is useful in practice, many argue that it is not as reliable as reasoning by deduction.
  reasoning from detailed facts to general principles
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induced induction induce inductive reasoning inductions
Induction has many reasonably common, but highly diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.

Note that mathematical induction is not a form of inductive reasoning. Mathematical induction is a form of deductive reasoning.  (retrieved 9/25/08)

Standard suffix:  The suffix, "-tion" converts the verb induce to a noun.
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  • Although reasoning by induction is useful in practice, many argue that it is not as reliable as reasoning by deduction.
  • A word of five letters, Langdon thought, pondering the staggering number of ancient words that might be considered words of wisdom—selections from mystic chants, astrological prophecies, secret society inductions, Wicca incantations, Egyptian magic spells, pagan mantras—the list was endless.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • You will say that I was puzzled; but, if you think so, you must have misunderstood the nature of the inductions.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • If it was a question of a scare, my discovery on this occasion had scared me more than any other, and it was in the condition of nerves produced by it that I made my actual inductions.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw

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  • I have been fortunate enough to receive many honors and recognition during my life, but I hold four inductions to be the most important: the Latin American Hall of Fame in Laredo, Texas; the Tec de Monterrey Hall of Fame; the Mexican Baseball League Hall of Fame, and finally the Williamsport: Hall of Excellence, where I am the first Mexican to be so honored.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous, By drunken prophecies, libels, and dreams, To set my brother Clarence and the king In deadly hate the one against the other: And if King Edward be as true and just As I am subtle, false, and treacherous, This day should Clarence closely be mew’d up,— About a prophecy which says that G Of Edward’s heirs the murderer shall be.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
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Associated words [difficulty]:   induction [7] , inductive reasoning [9]
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