V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to come to a logical conclusion using reasoning on the basis of information; to reach an answer or a decision by carefully considering the known facts

Synonyms: infer, conclude, reason, assume, derive

Antonyms: guess

Tips: The word deduce originates form the Latin ducere, "to lead." Think of "leading" a conclusion from the mind (or reaching a conclusion) based on given evidence. The related noun deduction refers to a conclusion or inference. You deduce (use logic and reasoning to determine an answer) a deduction (a conclusion that you deduced using logic and reasoning).

Usage Examples:

Can I deduce from your complaintive statements that you are unhappy at this job? (infer, conclude)

Using logical reasoning, Jack made a deduction as to who was the most likely person to be stealing money from the petty cash box. (inference, conclusion) noun

I couldn't deduce what happened from his story, because what he said was so illogical. (conclude, derive)

I can't deduce from your business plan whether or not your company will be successful. (infer, conclude)

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